Yesterday at around 11:30 pm (9:30 pm EST) the first Brazilian was launched into space from a base in Russia.
It was a big event for Brazil. There is much anticipation that this will jump-start the Brazilian space program. I stayed up and watched the launch. It was a truly amazing event. It was also inspiring to hear Col. Pontes as he spoke, encouraging his countrymen to strive for excellence.
For more information, check out this story from the BBC.