• Question: Is it hard to train with people that are Russian

    Asked by Libstar22 to Simon, Julia, Delma, Andrew, Alex on 13 Dec 2015.
    • Photo: Andrew Winnard

      Andrew Winnard answered on 13 Dec 2015:

      Hi Libstar!

      This is a great question! Half of the International Space Station is Russian, the ship that the astronauts launch in is Russian and half the crew aboard the station is Russian. So there is a lot of Russian during training and in orbit. To help with this all the astronauts are taught how to speak in Russian! So they can all communicate and get along with their Russian co-workers and the Russian mission controllers (there are some Russian version of Simon!).

      I think learning Russian is very difficult, but here is what the astronauts have to say about it:
      This video is from the European Astronaut Centre where I used to work!

      Is it hard to train with people that are Russian

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    • Photo: Delma Childers

      Delma Childers answered on 14 Dec 2015:

      I can’t remember working with any Russians, but I don’t think they’d be difficult to work or train with. In science, I’ve worked with people from all over – USA, Canada, Mexico, South America (Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Columbia), Africa (South Africa, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda), Asia (China, Japan, Malaysia), and Europe (France, Germany, Belgium, Italy). Sometimes differences in language or culture can be a little bit of a hurdle to overcome, but a little patience goes a long way. 😀