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The Language of Space
Want to be an Astronaut? Learn How to Speak Russian

You may wonder: "Shouldn't Cosmonauts have to speak English?" I expect most of them learned it long before joining the space program.

In fact the situation is not symmetric. American astronauts as well as Russian Cosmonauts fly to space from a Russian-speaking site (the Baikonur Cosmodrome) in a Russian vehicle (the Soyuz).
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Corollary: want astronauts to have to speak English? Get going with an American space program! (Why English? Surely it's a dialect with its own army and navy....)

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