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English Language the Latest Casualty of Space Race (Guess we finally lost it)
Fox News ^

Posted on 10/05/2011 12:39:34 PM PDT by Raymann

Along with training in spacewalks, robotics, and piloting a spaceship, NASA is requiring that all future astronauts learn to speak and read Russian.

The rules are plain and simple: If you flunk the foreign language requirement, you can't go into space.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nasa; russian; space

1 posted on 10/05/2011 12:39:43 PM PDT by Raymann
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To: Raymann

I thought NASA was going to be an muzzie out reach program....Why aren’t they learning Arabic? (I would laugh if it wasn’t so pathetic!)


2 posted on 10/05/2011 12:42:31 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Raymann

That’s understandable, since we have now given the Space Station to Russia and we may have to catch a ride with them.


3 posted on 10/05/2011 12:42:52 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Raymann

nyet.


4 posted on 10/05/2011 12:43:26 PM PDT by brivette
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To: Raymann

Why is this a problem? We are going to have people serving with the Russians, seems like they should know the language, I am sure the Russians speak English.


5 posted on 10/05/2011 12:43:26 PM PDT by svcw (Those who are easily shocked... should be shocked more often. - Mae West)
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To: Raymann

Do the Russians have to learn English? English is the worldwide lingua franca.


6 posted on 10/05/2011 12:44:11 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: svcw

If the Russians speak English, then why do the Americans have to learn Russian? To be PC?


7 posted on 10/05/2011 12:45:19 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Raymann

make them all learn esperanto. then they can also enjoy that william shatner movie.


8 posted on 10/05/2011 12:47:28 PM PDT by isom35
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To: Raymann

9 posted on 10/05/2011 12:49:48 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Venturer

do you have info to back up that statement???


10 posted on 10/05/2011 12:51:28 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: jakerobins

Special Forces requires the same, though I hear they’d prefer Arabic to Russian.


11 posted on 10/05/2011 12:52:30 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: Raymann
Onerous requirements thin the herd. I saw where NASA is recruiting college students to be astronauts. They probabaly want the old Shuttle hands to roll quietly off to post-NASA careers, just like they wanted the Apollo astronausts off the books before the Shuttle program launched.
12 posted on 10/05/2011 12:55:32 PM PDT by jboot
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To: Genoa
English is the worldwide lingua franca.

There are now more Chinese than Americans that speak Engrish, but Chinese might become the new lingua franca. Spanish, Italian, French all had their day. Then they discovered socialism.

13 posted on 10/05/2011 12:56:03 PM PDT by Reeses
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Things will change after obama... and there will be no more joint space projects... only 100% American. China and the rooskies can partner up... if they do not kill each other first.

LLS

14 posted on 10/05/2011 1:04:44 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Is the person that you support a Crony Capitalist... A.K.A. CRAPITALIST?)
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To: Raymann

A perfect picture of American decline. In debt to China, and having to learn Russian to get into space.


15 posted on 10/05/2011 1:07:28 PM PDT by Huck (Save a pretzel for the gas jets!!)
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To: Genoa

So we know what they’re saying behind our backs!


16 posted on 10/05/2011 1:08:42 PM PDT by Huck (Save a pretzel for the gas jets!!)
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To: Raymann

What? Americans are incapable of learning more than one language? That’s even worse than the French.


17 posted on 10/05/2011 1:09:28 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: jboot
NASA is recruiting college students to be astronauts

Straight white Christian men need not apply, the only demographic to ever walk on the moon. Astronauts have mostly become funding props to add drama and capture the public's interest. When a robot rocket blasts off, or blows up even, it doesn't garner even a mention by the mainstream media.

18 posted on 10/05/2011 1:09:44 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: Raymann
If I were on a Russian craft with a Russian crew, I'd sure want to know what those guys were laughing about. But that's just the opinion of one old cold warrior. Doveryai, no proveryai.
19 posted on 10/05/2011 1:10:21 PM PDT by c-five
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To: c-five
The only Russian they need to know, "сукин сын"
20 posted on 10/05/2011 1:14:45 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: markman46

Do you ever read the news?

We no longer have a way to get to the Space Station, or to come back from it.

When we did away with the shuttles we basically gave the station to Russia,since we cannot get there without them.

Is that enough info for you?


21 posted on 10/05/2011 1:18:36 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: markman46

Do you ever read the news?

We no longer have a way to get to the Space Station, or to come back from it.

When we did away with the shuttles we basically gave the station to Russia,since we cannot get there without them.

Is that enough info for you?


22 posted on 10/05/2011 1:20:00 PM PDT by Venturer
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“Screw those Commie bastards, and screw their little wussy space station.”


23 posted on 10/05/2011 1:22:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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Hah! I was in a meeting where someone mentioned the word “British”. One of the two Russians in our group blurted that expletive completely out of context. There was no need to translate. My boss immediately smiled and said, “Tell us what you really think about them, Vitaly.” It was a very revealing moment.


25 posted on 10/05/2011 1:35:23 PM PDT by c-five
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To: Reeses
... more Chinese than Americans that speak Engrish ...

LOL. I'm glad I wasn't drinking coffee when I read this, otherwise I would need a new monitor.

26 posted on 10/05/2011 1:44:01 PM PDT by kosciusko51
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do you have info to back up that statement???

Open your eyes! The shuttle is retired. The only way up to the ISS is via a Russian Soyuz. The ISS may still be "International", but the ride to and from is now Russian. Yes, the Russians know English, and there is no reason why our Astronauts should not know Russian.

27 posted on 10/05/2011 1:57:00 PM PDT by Tatze (I reject your reality and substitute my own!)
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Dosvedanya.

28 posted on 10/05/2011 2:44:58 PM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: Raymann

I hereby move we name our next space vehicle Kaputnik


29 posted on 10/05/2011 2:53:05 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (So much stress was put on Bush's Fault that it finally let go, magnitude 6)
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To: Raymann

Bullcrap news. All the astronauts speaks Russian and all the cosmonauts speaks English for the last 20 years.


30 posted on 10/08/2011 5:42:59 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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All the astronauts speaks Russian and all the cosmonauts speaks English for the last 20 years.

Yes, but how long until you speak English...?

31 posted on 10/08/2011 6:29:54 AM PDT by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Hwaet! Lar bith maest hord, sothlice!)
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To: Charles H. (The_r0nin)

I do my best:)


32 posted on 10/08/2011 10:04:07 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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