Russia’s telecom watchdog may block Telegram messenger in RussiaBusiness & Economy June 23, 9:15
Russian warships fire Kalibr cruise missiles, destroy IS arms depots in SyriaMilitary & Defense June 23, 9:07
Kazakh foreign minister denies talks on sending troops to SyriaWorld June 23, 8:05
Russian fighters scrambled 14 times in past week to intercept foreign aircraft — ministryMilitary & Defense June 23, 6:17
EU summit participants show unity on anti-Russian sanctions — MerkelWorld June 23, 4:11
Moldovan parliament refuses to hold no confidence vote in Foreign Minister Andrei GalburWorld June 23, 2:03
Google.ru’s temporary ban should serve as reminder to others — lawmakerBusiness & Economy June 23, 1:59
Russian lawmaker slams EU’s decision to extend sanctions on Moscow as absurdRussian Politics & Diplomacy June 23, 0:32
IOC spokesperson confirms Bach’s words about possible sanctions on RussiaSport June 22, 23:27
PARIS, August 14. /TASS/. European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet said on Friday he is learning the Russian language and is looking forward to joining the International Space Station (ISS).
Pesquet, 37, a French aerospace engineer and Europe’s youngest astronaut, told the Radio France Internationale in an interview about the training in the Star City facility near Moscow for the flight scheduled in 2016.
"A huge job is due to be done before the flight to the ISS onboard the Soyuz. An astronaut needs to study many technical issues linked to the ISS and the Soyuz spacecraft and prepare for the scientific experiments," he said.
Astronauts must learn the Russian language which will be used during all the communication with the Mission Control Center. Besides, the carrier rocket itself is manufactured by Russia and all the technical inscriptions are in Russian.
"I should be fluent in the language to be ready for actions in any possible situations," he said.
The mission will be tasked with conducting unique medical experiments, including those related to the treatment of cancer and musculoskeletal disorders. Under the program, 85 scientific experiments in various spheres will be carried out.