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Earlier this week, NASA announced that it is looking for new astronauts. Though NASA has sent its last shuttle into space, it will continue to send astronauts to the International Space Station through a collaboration with the Russian Federal Space Agency. NASA has promised to help staff the International Space Station (ISS) through at least 2020. So the ISS will continue to host astronauts from around the world, including Japan and Europe in addition to Russia and the United States. Many languages are spoken on board, and the spoken dialogue computer on the ISS, named Clarissa, was programmed to understand both English and Russian. (Learn about how stars are named here.)

But English may become a thing of the past in the cosmos. NASA is taking international cooperation a step further. The new class of astronauts will be required to learn Russian before they go into space. Because the Russian Federal Space Agency is facilitating the space flight to and from the ISS, it makes sense that the NASA wants astronauts to be able to correspond with their fellow space travelers.

What about English elsewhere in space? The plaque on the Moon from the Apollo missions reads (in English): “Here Men From The Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We Came in Peace For All Mankind.” (Read more about how Pluto’s fourth moon got its name.)

In general, though, most interstellar communication has tried to be distinctly non-language specific. For example, the Pioneer spacecrafts sent into space in the early 1970s gave depictions of human beings and our relative position in the universe without any specific language.

What do you think about potentially communicating with other lifeforms?

Stamp expo celebrating 20th year in Lancaster; 2-day event scheduled at Farm and Home Center

Intelligencer Journal Lancaster, PA April 13, 2005 | Lynda Jo Runkle, Correspondent “A Glimpse of Lancaster County Postal History” will be one of the award-winning exhibits of stamps featured at Lancopex ’05, the upcoming 20th annual Lancaster Stamp Show and Exhibition.

The piece prepared by James Boyles, co-chairman of the show, recently won recognition at the Mega Show in New York City.

Boyles worked with Richard Shaeffer to line up 50 frames for the show planned April 23 and 24 at Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road. this web site farm and home

“People who aren’t stamp collectors are always welcome” to the show sponsored by the Lancaster County Philatelic Society, Boyles said. “They might want to check out the exhibits first.” He said stamp collectors of any skill level are invited to talk with exhibitors and the 21 dealers expected for the two-day event.

“Club members are always available to answer questions,” he said.

Admission is free, and hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be available.

Exhibitors at Lancopex will compete for the Grand Award, Topical Award, Novice Award and more.

Two different covers with cachets and U.S. Postal Service cancellations will be available for purchase. One will celebrate the 20th annual show, and the other will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Millersville University.

Youngsters are invited to visit the junior stamp table organized by Trudye Greiner. The table will provide free stamps, books and more to children who collect or are interested in collecting stamps and covers. The items for the table have been donated by collectors. web site farm and home

Also, Stamp Camp USA for registered youths is scheduled for Saturday.

Boyles started collecting U.S. stamps, confederate stamps and revenues as a child, but took a break while he raised a family. He returned to collecting because “I enjoy it,” he said. “It’s educational, and it keeps my mind alert.” Now, he concentrates on Lancaster county covers, and his exhibits have won many local, regional and national awards. He recently won a U.S. Stamp Classics Society Award at the national level.

Other club members specialize in stamps and covers from all over the world. Together, they can accommodate almost anyone interested in learning more about the hobby at Lancopex ’05.

“Be there,” Boyles said.

Lynda Jo Runkle, Correspondent

154 Comments

  1. gorgias -  July 16, 2013 - 2:40 am

    some exemples
    instead saying word is better say lexis because lexicon means an ensemble of word
    kosmos for world
    ego for i
    gramma for letter (grammar)
    grafo(graphics graphity ) for write
    gamo for f..k or fu..ers from gametes in biology )
    mariage= gamos because is the same ..as the above
    and there is a million more …gamo lexis comming fron greeks

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  2. gorgias -  July 16, 2013 - 2:37 am

    some exemples
    instead saying is better say because lexicon means an ensemble of word
    kosmos for world
    ego for i
    gramma for letter (grammar)
    grafo(graphics graphity ) for write
    gamo for f..k or fu..ers from gametes in biology )
    mariage= gamos because is the same ..as the above
    and there is a million more … comming fron greeks

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  3. gorgias -  July 15, 2013 - 11:28 pm

    originaly the cyrillic letters were just greek -byzantium letters but are readed sometimes upside down or someothers from the back side of a transparant paper. the two monks who gave to slaves the letters were greeks from thesalonica.The weather was rainy and somme letters stuck on the reverse side of the book .
    Somme others said the monks were drunk with a strong drink provided by the slavs .the exact name of this drink is ….vodka

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  4. gorgias -  July 15, 2013 - 11:04 pm

    the mother language of western civilisation is Greek
    Latin is 70% greek.All western languages and especialy the language of sciences is .based on Greek. we all talk Greek every day .
    with few changes to greek letters and somme rules for the wording we could have an very rich international language
    Also we will all knew the exact meaning of each word and easily we could make new words based on greek radicals.

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  7. Anthony -  March 19, 2013 - 2:02 am

    The fact is that the American astronauts are not forbidden from speaking English, they are simply required to learn Russian to ease communication with the people who are their only gateway into space since the end of the shuttle program. The most influential space agencies are NASA (English), CSA (English, French), ESA (English, French, German), RKA (Russian), JAXA (Japanese), and CNSA (Chinese). People will likely choose whichever language most easily facilitates communication, the usual case being English or Russian. Even with the emerging ISRO (Hindi, English) and ISA (Farsi), the chance is that Russian and English will be the most commonly spoken languages in space and the requirements for manned spaceflight will be at the descretion of the host country, and at this point in time (March 2013), only Russia and China have native manned spaceflight launch capabilities, and given the strenuous relationship of NASA with CNSA, Chinese becoming dominant among anyone other than the Chinese themselves is unlikely in the near future. It has been this way since the 50s and it will likely continue to be so in the future, people will choose the easiest path, which at the presen tmoment is Russian, which makes sense since most Russian students learn English anyway, so why not have a bilingual space station? Maybe there’s a possibility for a space creole to develop? Many Russians already speak a Russian-English mixture that is quite fun. Frankly, Russlish is pretty damn expressive ;) Also, Russian’s not that hard to learn. I did it in 6th grade in a year. 19y/o American here.

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  8. James Hutchings -  May 26, 2012 - 8:42 am

    Astronauts should speak Vulcan, except when they need to terrify their enemies by speaking Klingon.

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  9. That's right -  May 21, 2012 - 1:11 pm

    You got it right Ionizer Air Purifier, it’ll be induced telepathy so ideas and concepts can be understood rather than the fractions of ideas strung together into a supposedly cohesive language used now
    I’m surprised; only one religious freak joined the fray this time! The mathmatical odds of there NOT being life out there are astronomical. (Pun intended)
    And anyway, god was made in Man’s image

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  10. Virginia -  May 21, 2012 - 9:19 am

    What happened to sign language? It is a language and any body including animals can learn it.

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  12. Alan -  May 20, 2012 - 12:29 pm

    I also agree we should be concentrating on saving our own environment rather than searching distant planets. From an Islamic perspective, everything in nature has a right over us, from the fish to the trees. On judgment day they will be called upon and testify for or against us for our deeds to them. There is a hadith that says all the fish in the sea make du’a for you if you visit a sick muslim brother (which is one of the six qualities of the sahaba), so if we over-fish the oceans there aren’t going to be many fish making du’a. If everyone is ethnocentric we are selfish, which is what satan really wants, men to hate eachother.

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  13. Alan -  May 20, 2012 - 12:22 pm

    I am actually with the people who said everyone should learn latin. Its what doctors of medicine use, along with Greek, so why not coastronauts too. Aren’ t all the stars named in those languages anyways. Also, the reason WE suck so bad as a species is because we argue over things like this. No nation should be proud of itself. Lets all see things one way and then start another world war so we can all lose. I also agree with the person who said this life is for worshiping God and thats about it. Even if there wasn’t a God, we would all be better off striving for that than material things.

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  14. rob sinclaire -  May 20, 2012 - 10:30 am

    greetings all…going forward, over time which language is more likely to subsume (adopt, incorporate) the other, English or Russian?

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  15. elizabbk -  May 19, 2012 - 9:14 pm

    Consider this: Orkan!

    Indeed, learned linguist from each and every nation could hold summit (after summit) to create ‘outer space’s seminole language! The possibilities are outa this world! (pun intended.) .. For example, a win-win on a purely economic Standpoint… The construction of schools, educators, workshops,…

    Mork from Ork will serve as council (tie-breaker if needed. I mean, when)

    I haven’t seen Robin Williams lately in films..(just saying)
    NanuNanu?

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  16. o -  May 19, 2012 - 8:37 pm

    Russia, the language of space? JFK would be rolling in his grave right now.

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  18. Russian native -  May 19, 2012 - 5:15 am

    Really funny website. Lots of funny useless comments for no reason, mine included.

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  19. Russian native -  May 19, 2012 - 4:50 am

    Okay, Russia is #3, but I’m not promoting it as the golden standard of civil rights lolz.
    Spain or Sweden are probably the states to look up to.

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  20. Russian native -  May 19, 2012 - 4:47 am

    @Oddmond
    >America is the best country in the world. The military, easy to learn language, the natural rights citizens are granted and its technological advances should clearly say that America is more advanced and should head the space programs.
    >natural rights citizens are granted
    >America
    >rights
    >America
    >rights

    I lol’d. America is prison nation #1 on this planet, check Wikipedia.

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  21. Russian native -  May 19, 2012 - 4:40 am

    LEARN RUSSIAN? HA-HA, GOOD LUCK.

    Look, I’m pretty flattered, but isn’t this a bit of an overkill?
    Natural languages aren’t programming languages, learning them requires EFFORT. English is the international language these days, and it fits this role pretty well I think.
    We should probably thank politicians for this one.

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  22. comeonppl!!!! -  May 19, 2012 - 1:48 am

    … LET’S JUST STICK WITH ENGLISH ALREADY!!! GOSH, THEY COULD LEARN CANTONESE OR MANDARIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY RUSSIAN ANYWAYS?!!!

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  23. bleue -  May 18, 2012 - 6:08 pm

    “A dominated USA is the recipe for a new dark ages.” It would be for Americans, no doubt but for non-Americans, it will be the a recipe for a bright new beginning.
    Uncle Sam is used to having it’s way being a superpower but not anymore! They have amassed a huge debt. They’re now reduced to hitching a ride with Russians just to be able to go into space because they can no longer afford to fund their own ride. So, they should learn Russian. Or, they can wait for another nation who is now wealthier than they are, to give them a ride. LOL!
    Requiring astronauts to learn Russian doesn’t mean that English will not be spoken. It’s just a necessity since astronauts will be placed in a culture that is not English-speaking. It would make sense to communicate in the language the “locals” are using. When in Rome, do what the Romans do.
    It’s totally interesting to know that US has lost a great many things. They’ve lost their “superpowers”. Despite that fact though, Americans still think of themselves high and mighty. tsk tsk tsk. I guess, pride refuses to succumb to reality.

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  24. BrianArndt -  January 13, 2012 - 2:19 pm

    i guess i’ll have to get my Rosetta Stone on. haha

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  25. BrianArndt -  January 13, 2012 - 2:17 pm

    Isn’t Russian like the hardest language to learn? especially if you spoke english for 19 years… i’d love to learn russian and head into space though.

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  26. Cici -  October 28, 2011 - 9:32 am

    Hmm… No english in space? I don’t know about that… Russian is a hard language and that is no lie. Lol but I’d understand on why they’d make you learn Russian before heading out to space.

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  27. SAJAD MESSI -  October 21, 2011 - 12:50 pm

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  28. Ionizer Air Purifier -  October 20, 2011 - 4:28 am

    How to communicate with other life forms? Let’s say the most effective way of communication will be telepathy, some kind of wireless communication for alive beings.

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  29. HolyWarrior -  October 16, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    Learn a new language? NAH! I’ll stick with good old fashion English, Thank you very much.

    BTW i like pie!
    =D

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  30. charlie -  October 15, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    Pig Latin

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  31. Carlitos -  October 12, 2011 - 1:18 am

    I would like to see a new language for Earthlings. Periodically, just as in a democracy, the system has to be renewed/refreshed, to incorporate new understandings that democratic and progressive institutions bring to light. I feel the same must be true for communication; be it written, verbal, etc.

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  32. Harleigh -  October 10, 2011 - 5:03 pm

    Interesting. Although Russians might be funding it, I disagree with NASA because English is still the most widely known language.

    On top of that, I thought scientists were trying to get humans to speak a new language they created – a mixture of all the languages of the world to create one massive language.

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  33. Svenjamin -  October 10, 2011 - 2:39 pm

    Why are all of the Esperanto supporters from Brazil or Portugese language descent? Seems Esperanto is incredibly similar to Portugese, almost sounds like a watered down romance language. Almost a language…

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  34. gaodi -  October 10, 2011 - 10:13 am

    There aren’t enough people in space to determine what’s spoken there. When we begin to live in space colonies with at least a thousand people, then we’ll see what language is predominant.

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  35. vlad -  October 9, 2011 - 6:15 pm

    Americans use to much money on little I speak both languages and its way easier to teach a russian english than an american russian

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  36. Winston -  October 9, 2011 - 6:14 pm

    Silly article. That’s just a temporary aberration because we are collaborating with the Russians. It’s an important safety protocol to make sure everyone can speak the same language. It’s just that since Russia is our ride to and from space for the time being, we’re being hospitable and adapting to their culture. Whether English makes a comeback over the long term depends largely over our precarious government’s action and decisiveness. One thing’s for certain… Mandarin Chinese will likely become a cosmic language some day in the future.

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  37. jake -  October 9, 2011 - 5:34 pm

    why not speak spanish thats a fairly easy language to learn

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  38. Sonya -  October 9, 2011 - 4:56 pm

    One of the specialists in the Space field, Carl Sagan ~ in the book and movie Contact ~ Mathematics is the only true International Language of Science.

    “Ellie Arroway: Mathematics is the only true universal language.”

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  39. kutrona maximus -  October 9, 2011 - 3:40 pm

    you gueys are really smart. ive never ben good with all that science stuff.

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  40. your mom -  October 9, 2011 - 3:37 pm

    @oddmod first of all, the english language is not easy, in fact it is next to impossible to learn. and second, we dont head the space program becouse we are already in major debt and nasa makes no money at all, they lose it to japan with forieghn spending. third of all we are not the most advanced cuntry anymore. in the 1950s we were but now we dont evendesighn our own software.(mostly) yours is the ignorent opinion of an 8 year old who just watched an american pride documentary. but as for the natural rights shindig, yeah, we f*cking rock.

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  41. Chris Aandrews -  October 9, 2011 - 3:12 pm

    Ili povas lerni kaj paroli esperanto.

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  42. rob -  October 9, 2011 - 2:51 pm

    English is a very hard language to learn compared to russian, and russian is a very easy language to learn

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  43. Cayl -  October 9, 2011 - 2:38 pm

    Actually English is,like, the second hardest language to learn.
    Also would americans sent into space by Russians be called Cosmonauts?

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  44. james -  October 9, 2011 - 2:29 pm

    i think it makes sense. we should be able to communicate with our comrads. mabey they can learn english

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  45. Roberto -  October 9, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    ROILA is a spoken language for robots. It is constructed to make it easy for humans to learn, but also easy for the robots to understand. ROILA is optimized for the robots’ automatic speech recognition and understanding.

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  46. Rachid -  October 9, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    Anyone have heard about “ESPERANTO”? take easy, dudes

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  47. Daily Reader -  October 9, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Russians aren’t the only people in space though!

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  48. Yummycookies -  October 9, 2011 - 11:50 am

    Just because they’re learning Russian to understand Russian machinery, etc. doesn’t mean that Russian is going to become the official language of outer space. Besides, look at all the private corporations that are exploring space technology, and the fact is that English is still the dominant language of business.

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  49. Blue Ninja -  October 9, 2011 - 11:25 am

    After taking both Russian and Spanish (as well as my required English classes) in high school I can attest to the fact that the statement, “Russian’s hard though,” is bunk. Of the three languages Russian was by far the easiest to learn. Pronunciation is a whole different ball game. Having that many consonants strung together with the invariably sparse sprinkling of vowels can be a challenge for the uninitiated mouth. It took me an entire month to finally remember how to pronounce “hello” consistently.

    Considering the fact that what was supposed to be the “smart guy” president (who I ecstatically voted for) effectively ended our independent space exploration prospects, Americans have no one to blame for our embrace of “the stupid” but ourselves. Besides, talking about humanity’s exploration of space in the xenophobic terms I’ve seen in some of the comments here provides a perfect illustration of the word “oxymoron.”

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  50. James -  October 9, 2011 - 11:21 am

    Who cares. Send robots up instead. They speak to us with pictures and other data. They can bounce around between planets for years, they can go and return. They can do much more than expensive bags of water that require habitats (humans). They bring us so much more science. For those who think we need to leave, let’s focus on keeping this planet livable since we are adapted to living here and we need to be electrically grounded to the earth. Maybe someday hundreds of years from now we’ll be able to zoom around more quickly, but for now send robots.

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  51. mcCrakka -  October 9, 2011 - 11:18 am

    well i sort of dont like English cuz other than Finnish and Mandarin Chinese it’s the hardest language to learn so it makes sense

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  52. nacho -  October 9, 2011 - 11:15 am

    Actually, German is the most internationally recognized business language in the world, thank you very much Alexander.

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  53. Genie~ -  October 9, 2011 - 11:11 am

    Well, of course! The Russians are the clever ones. :) Plus, we’re logical. We don’t spend our time trying to create a pen that writes in zero gravity, we just use pencil!

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  54. i just adore felines -  October 9, 2011 - 9:34 am

    ok so, first of all, America is supposed to be a free country, right? that means that it’s not supposed to have english as the “language” if you guyz know wat i mean. this non-language specific idea is good so that people could just take a break from english, to open up and know more stuff instead of being just the same old american or whatever that only understands slang english. i mean, most american don’t know anything but slang, so when you americans learn your language properly, then you could go into space, ok?

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  55. Red -  October 9, 2011 - 8:54 am

    The language of all airline pilots is still English. Why it should all of a sudden be different in space is beyond me. Strategically, the lack of a space program here is a sorry move.
    Many Russians know English anyway, so it’s sour grapes on their part. They’re laughing their collective ass off at us vis a vis Afghanistan. Because we’re stuck there, bankrupting ourselves, and the Russki’s are in the cat bird’s seat in space. I have this to say to our gubment: “Smooth move exlax.”
    Why don’t those mental midgets in Congress and the White House end the “endless” wars (including the uber-wasteful “war” on drugs) and use that money for depleted and necessary domestic programs, including NASA??? DUH!
    The DOD sucks most of our tax revenue down a crap hole. War machine gone…financial squeeze gone!!!!

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  56. Oddmod -  October 9, 2011 - 8:40 am

    America is the best country in the world. The military, easy to learn language, the natural rights citizens are granted and its technological advances should clearly say that America is more advanced and should head the space programs.

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  57. Susan -  October 9, 2011 - 7:24 am

    First of all, Russian’s not that hard. I learned it and moved to Russia. If there is a good stimulus to do it, it’s easy. Much easier to learn than English. I teach English to foreigners and every day thank my lucky stars it is my first language and that I don’t have to learn it for work/whatever else.
    Also, I think it’s a great idea to have space be non-language specific – maybe it will teach people something about. And just maybe it will lead to the natural development of a universal language (unlike with the unnatural development of Esperanto). Idealistic of course, but it got me to hoping.

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  58. NASA FTW -  October 9, 2011 - 7:16 am

    oh come on i thought that the united states was dominating space. with all this technology why cant the us take over space travel!!

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  59. jess -  October 9, 2011 - 7:07 am

    wow i guess they will be speaking russian now interesting

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  60. maximus -  October 9, 2011 - 6:53 am

    chinese maybe?

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  61. starrita -  October 9, 2011 - 6:50 am

    I think its kinda like “if a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?” Hmmmmm?

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  62. Marie -  October 9, 2011 - 6:24 am

    Space travel has always intrigued me since I was a child. Interstellar communication seems like a viable option to bridging any communications gap, and allowing communications for all humankind and for all of life’s species, as a whole. Meeting other life forms would provide a means of comparing our ways of life with theirs, creating a cohesive learning experience. It would be proposterous to believe we are the only lifeform in such a vast cosmos.The overall idea seems exciting!

    With regard to being afraid of other lifeforms, perhaps that feel the same way. “Don not judge a book by it’s cover” is the way I follow my life and has covered any idiosycracies I have travelled into when meeting new people.

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  63. Doogle -  October 9, 2011 - 5:56 am

    Klingon is my vote…I agree with James.

    I am not a citizen of the US. However, it scares me that Russia or China gets economically or technologically ahead of the US.

    A dominated USA is the recipe for a new dark ages.

    To US citizens: please pay off your national debt, even if you have to pay more taxes and spend less personally. Keep the US strong and independent. Fight only when necessary and carry a big stick.

    Stay in space. Lead!

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  64. Dave -  October 9, 2011 - 4:16 am

    The USA sacrificed its space-program and many other things in order to pay for the Iraq war that was outrageously expensive because unbelievable numbers of private contractors were used instead of the military.

    If the USA does not repeat such a wasteful style of war, it will still require 10-20 years before the America gets back into the space race, because the economy is systemically flawed.

    By that time, China and India will be leading the space race, so Nasa can also think ahead and start training their Astronauts to speak Russian, Hindi and Chinese. Maybe Japanese too.

    It seems just as with the automotive industry, other countries do it better and cheaper than the USA (but with less style and razmatas). The Space Shuttle program was a joke. It was envisioned to enable two launches per week but in reality allowed only a handful each year.

    However, mankind is new to the game of space travel so a few mistakes are inevitable. It was the lead of the Russians that motivated the USA to begin the Apollo program, so perhaps China will one day motivate the USA to once more become front-runner.

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  65. John -  October 9, 2011 - 1:49 am

    While NASA dominated the ISS, I understand English being the primary language spoken, but since Russia will now be assisting in the travel to and from the station, it is only understandable for them to require the other spoken languages too. Not just that but I would assume having the intellect to be an astronaut, in whichever field of science they have specialized, that they would have already tried learning something else already as English is not the most popular language in the world, Mandarin and Spanish being the 1 and 2nd most spoken languages as of 2011.

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  66. Anonymous -  October 9, 2011 - 12:56 am

    @PTron
    > You mean communicating with other lifeforms like algae or tree frogs?

    Have you ever tried to speak with a tree frog? It’s a lot harder than you’d think. Mammals tend to be a lot easier, unless it’s a sea mammal.

    I don’t envy any extra terrestrials trying to communicate with humans. Heck, we have a hard enough time communicating with each other, even when we are already speaking a common language. Most humans don’t even bother try to communicate outside of their species.

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  67. Soleil -  October 9, 2011 - 12:00 am

    People are saying that learning Russian is way harder than learning English.

    I don’t know about Russian, but I do know that English is a freaking difficult language to learn. So I’m willing to bet that it’s just as tough for Russians to learn English as it will be for Americans to learn Russian.
    Both parties should be able to speak both languages anyway. That way neither is at a disadvantage. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

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  68. Patrick AuCoin -  October 8, 2011 - 10:58 pm

    English has nuanced diction, inflection, and verbosity… great for expression but “maybe not” for precise communication.

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  69. 'Gordie' -  October 8, 2011 - 10:55 pm

    Are we trying to rebuild the Tower of Babel?

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  70. SpaceEmissary -  October 8, 2011 - 9:15 pm

    Space language? Try Malaysian-Indonesian-Filipino. We’ve already been in space while still on earth!

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  71. IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society -  October 8, 2011 - 7:54 pm

    >>> It only takes one instance to prove the positive; the negative proof remains illusive forever

    That (“You can’t prove a negative”) is a hoary old logical fallacy.

    “Proving the negative” is trivial in mathematics, difficult in The Real World, but the possibility of it remains.

    It’s called a “Proof by Contradiction”, and you do it by assuming the negative is true, then demonstrating that it leads to an inherent contradiction of something you know to be true or false.

    It’s not always an easy thing to demonstrate in TRW, but it’s at least nominally possible for all propositions.

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  72. Joseph L. -  October 8, 2011 - 7:53 pm

    The article states that the plaque reads, ““Here Men From The Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon,” however only the first “the” is capitalized. This typo should be fixed. Furthermore, the actual plaque is written entirely in capitalized letters.

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  73. Dimitri -  October 8, 2011 - 5:15 pm

    @Svenjamin Esperanto may very well be the language of the future. Back in the day, everyone thought “A portable phone? Who would want one of those?” What would we do today if we didn’t have our cell phones?

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  74. ladeedah -  October 8, 2011 - 4:16 pm

    Lets go back to latin…

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  75. Cherokee -  October 8, 2011 - 4:15 pm

    Why not Latin?
    you figure they use it for everything else.. lol
    Latin I think would be pretty cool

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  76. Paulo -  October 8, 2011 - 3:40 pm

    Mi pensas ke Esperanto estas la plej bona elekto por ĉiuj popoloj kiuj laboras en la spaca stacio.

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  77. ch3ru -  October 8, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    wtf people…

    “This is stupid idea because it is much easy to Russians to learn English than Americans to learn Russian.”

    …and why exactly is that? I’m an American, and I’ve studied French, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, AND Korean. Russian is next on the list. It’s not that it’s HARD it’s that everyone thinks American’s are too STUPID to speak anything but their native language. We need to stand up for ourselves and quit letting the rest of the world perpetuate the “stupid, fat, and lazy American” stereotype!!

    @James Hutchings: I wholeheartedly agree. :D

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  78. Rosana -  October 8, 2011 - 3:22 pm

    Mi opinias ke ESPERANTO estas la solvo por la internacia komunikado.
    Milionoj da homoj el diversaj landoj en nia planedo jam flue parolas esperanton.
    Dum internaciaj kongresoj ni facile interkomunikas kaj komprenas la ideojn de la partoprenantoj per unu sola neutrala lingvo “Esperanto”. Lingvo de paco kaj de interkompreno inter la homoj.

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  79. joba -  October 8, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    I like the multilingual idea best, I can assume that the Russians speak a little English, who is to say Americans entering this program won’t be learning Russian on that level that they speak English. Helps the two coexist. Also, the Foreign Language programs they had set up for amassadors, intelligence agents and civil servants during the cold war are /amazing/ and could still be used today. You were taught the actual language, all that you needed to know, plus the specifics for your focus, in 6 months to a year. Just because we plebeians spend ridiculous amounts of money on language learning programs *cough*Rosetta*cough* doesn’t mean the government would subject it’s workers to the same torture. The Foreign Language Institute is fantastic. They’ve done it right. It just lacks color pictures and connect the dots. *sad face*

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  80. Gordy -  October 8, 2011 - 3:13 pm

    Seems to me having vowels in a language makes pronunciation/code deciphering easiest.

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  81. alex -  October 8, 2011 - 3:06 pm

    can you eat fried chicken in space?

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  82. Dirce Sales -  October 8, 2011 - 3:00 pm

    Kial ne uzi esperanton? Se tiu idiomo estis kreita de Dr. Zamenhof celante la monda komunikigxo, kial ne uzi esperanton?

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  83. Paulo Sergio Viana -  October 8, 2011 - 2:49 pm

    Oh! please, Esperanto is not useless! Millions of Esperantists use it all in the world. Look at Google!

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  84. John of the Jungle -  October 8, 2011 - 2:39 pm

    Being a huge sci-fi buff, I can’t eve remember the number of books I’ve read about a myriad range of alien encounters. But one of the smartest ideas I remember reading about was communication using math instead of language. This is because other life forms may be so different from us that they might not even have the same sense we do…they may not have ears to hear our voices, or eyes to see our letters. But any sentient race of beings advanced enough to invent space travel would have to have mastered the engineering and mathematics necessary for that technology, and would recognize mathematic principles instantly. it’s not as impossible as it sounds when you think of things like binary code.

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  85. John of the Jungle -  October 8, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    @Alexander – It’s not as unlikely as you might think; language dominance changes over time and it’s kind of arrogant to think that English will remain the dominant language for all of eternity. Language dominance tends to correspond with country dominance. Consider, for example, that just 200 years ago during the colonial era French was the dominant language for international business and politics. The celestial bodies in the sky have mostly Greek or Roman names…that’s because a thousand years ago Greece and Rome lead the Western world in terms of exploring the heavens. Langauges rise and fall with their empires.

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  86. Aloísio Sartorato -  October 8, 2011 - 2:06 pm

    LERNU ESPERANTON, LA INTERNACIA LINGVO!!!

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  87. Dale -  October 8, 2011 - 1:04 pm

    Since english evolved along with it’s speakers here on earth, barring some surreptitious, alien, language-archive program, it is certainly not spoken elsewhere in the cosmos. Nonetheless, it is a preposterous conceit to refer to low-earth orbit as “the cosmos”.

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  88. Ĵajro -  October 8, 2011 - 1:02 pm

    La lernado de naciaj lingvoj estas tute perdo de valora tempo!!!! Ne perdu viajn tempojn kun rusa, ĉina aŭ mem angla! La mondo havas ununuran vojojn kaj oni ne povas deteni ĝin! Oni ne detenos nin! нас не дагонять! they’ll not stop us!

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  89. Josh -  October 8, 2011 - 1:01 pm

    *should have been “Quid vocavit”, not vocat. But you see what I mean, right?

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  90. Ptron -  October 8, 2011 - 11:44 am

    Good one, Svenjamin.

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  91. eliya -  October 8, 2011 - 11:25 am

    I think that makes it too hard to be come an astronaut.I say stick to english.

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  92. Josh -  October 8, 2011 - 11:22 am

    Latin would be the best language to be spoken universally in space, because:
    1. It uses an alphabet that speakers of English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and other languages that use Latin alphabets can understand, as opposed to Russian, which uses the Cryllic alphabet, which is far less common.
    2. It can say things in shorter words and sentences than English and Russian. For example: (Latin)”Quid vocat?” vs. (English)”What did he say?” vs. (Russian)”Что он сказал?”
    3. Romance languages (Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, etc.) are derived from Latin, making it easy for speakers of Romance languages to transition.
    4. About half of all English words are derived from Latin, making English to Latin an easier transition than English to Russian.
    5. Latin is not specific to any present-day country (okay, the Vatican, but seriously, it’s a half square mile), so it would not give any nation an advantage. If everyone used Russian (or Chinese, since they’re starting a space program) then Russia would have the pride that they were the rulers of space. Latin will not give any nation extra prestiege.
    There are many more reasons as well.

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  93. Robb Kvasnak, Ed.D. -  October 8, 2011 - 10:59 am

    My husband and I both use Esperanto every day. His mother language is Portuguese, mine German, and we live in the USA. We have both written dissertations in (American) English so we are competent speakers but we find Esperanto more nuanced than English. The building block system of morphology (word creation) allows more freedom of expression. The word order is rather flexible – at least more so than English, German, or Portuguese. I mastered it in less than three months, he in just under a year.

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  94. Jaloto -  October 8, 2011 - 10:37 am

    Well, @Svenjamin, Esperanto would not be a bad idea, as it is NOT useless in a grammatical sense. But there is a whole bunch of political affairs that are useless to talk about now. OK, I’d like to say that we should not be affraid of russians (and this is for everybody who is reading). Even if Brazil were in a place like Russia stood before, it would have comitted the same sins [just an appendix: I'm brazilian]. Uncle Sam does things alike and we know it. A person is revolutionary until it reaches the king’s throne.
    But let’s talk about linguistics. I know neither Russian nor Chinese, but you all should agree that English isn’t such a perfect language. Right, you have Joyce and the old master Bac– Shakespeare, but it’s a language as All the other languages in the world and ABOVE. Couldn’t we try another? “Hm” you say, “and what about a russian crying in his tongue and a chinese yelling in cantonese while the ship falls into the atmosphere?”, and I answer, friend, that you won a million dollars, because since Babel we are searching for a concilating speech. But we haven’t got any (so sad…).
    Kind of closing this oddity, don’t worry about who is or is not in power, there were “good” [COUGH, COUGH!] and bad guys ruling over us since, let’s say, the first guy who cryed “this is mine!”. I’m not marxist, as Marx was not, also, but let us get the advantages of some sort of “space maket’s competitions”: we receive better prices and maybe better products.
    Throw all this s*cking text of mine into vacuum, please =]

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  95. Francisco S. Wechsler -  October 8, 2011 - 9:30 am

    Of course the obvious solution would be to use Esperanto! It is an international, neutral language, easy to learn and yet powerful. It does not belong to anybody, nor does it promote linguistic imperialism of any kind. Why should we try to impose our language and culture on someone else?

    Kompreneble la evidenta solvo estus uzi Esperanton! Ghi estas internacia, neutrala lingvo, facile lernebla, tamen esprimpova. Ghi apartenas al neniu, nek antauenigas lingvan imperiismon. Kial ni trudus nian lingvon kaj kulturon al alia homo?

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  96. Romchik -  October 8, 2011 - 8:56 am

    Few things to say to ignorant Americans.
    1. US shuttle technology is outdated, Michael! Russian rokets (raketa – a Russian word for you to start with;)) take people to space fine!
    2. No one bans English in space. The new thing is – you now must speak Russian to be able to work with space flights. It is just sensible, if one uses Russian technology and interacts with Russian personel (that is including mission control on Earth). Our territory, our equipment, our personel – NO we won’t translate everything into English and also make everyone learn it! Want to work with us? – learn Russian – BOOM!
    3. Astronauts (kosmonavt – another useful word;)) are being paid to learn skills that are needed in space. They do nothing else, John. I am sure learning Russian will not be the most difficult task for them. And you can stay down where you are – no one has problems with it.
    Besides, from the diaries of American kosmonavts’ from ISS, they already know a lot of Russian, as they are communicating with their Russian colleagues on day-to-day basis.
    So, undoubtedly it is a splendid idea to make speaking Russian an official requirement for the job! :)

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  97. Bubba -  October 8, 2011 - 8:27 am

    How do you say “so what?” in digital binary?

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  98. patrick -  October 8, 2011 - 8:11 am

    My first reaction is that it seems entirely illogical to make the language of space Russian while the international language of aviation is English. All international pilots must be able to communicate in English. While I know all occupants of the space station are not pilots, it would seem, traditionally and practically, that the language of flight remain what it has been for decades. I don’t see the logic in it yet, though my mind is open to accept it. On a human/humorous perspective, and as a pilot myself, I’m sure Chuck Yeager and his colleages, all the Mercury/Gemini/Apollo/shuttle crews (especially Virgil “Gus” IVAN Grissom,) and all pilots/heroes who sacrificed to bring the world to where we all are in aeronautics, would have some very choice words and phrases in reaction to this news, all in their very own colorful and distinct language (which they would truly understand.) It may not be able to be quoted in this forum, but it would offer a clarity and insight not yet considered here. My thoughts, to this point,,,,,nyet corrashow. Spaseebva. Dasvweedonia.

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  99. Richard -  October 8, 2011 - 7:50 am

    They should speak japanese

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  100. heather -  October 8, 2011 - 7:19 am

    It makes sense to have our astronauts speak Russian, and for the Russians to speak English to ease communication and understanding between them, especially with the risks involved in space flight. International air traffic is in English, but it can lead to confusion and accidents for those who speak very little of the language.

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  101. Jose -  October 8, 2011 - 6:11 am

    Mi sugestas Esperanto!
    Eu sugiro Esperanto!
    I suggest Esperanto!
    Je suggère l’espéranto!
    Sugiero Esperanto!
    Προτείνω Εσπεράντο!
    Ek stel voor Esperanto!
    أقترح الاسبرانتو.
    Я предлагаю эсперанто.

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  102. Alberturkey -  October 8, 2011 - 5:15 am

    Re john rhea.

    I thought that was an urban myth that Americans spent millions developing a pen that works in zero gravity but the Russians used pencils. Its a joke isn’t it?

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  103. Jagat -  October 8, 2011 - 4:34 am

    The language should be “Sanskrit”. Anybody in this world can have the seed of their mother tongue. Try it. It will be easier for all than to learn any other language.

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  104. A-18-K -  October 8, 2011 - 4:27 am

    Does it really matter what language you use out there? Why make astronauts go through so much trouble learning Russian? And do you really think there’s actually other beings out there somewhere in space? There isn’t. God created the universe, and then He took earth and paid special attention to it. He placed all life in there and placed man (which is after His own image) in it. And the reason why Satan came straight to earth to do his wicked business and why he didn’t go bother Pluto or something, is because he saw that God was paying special attention to this planet, Earth…and he wanted to somehow get into and taint God’s plan in it…..there is no life on other planets. When are we just going to face up to that fact? Why do scientists and all bother with the things waaaay out there in space, when they won’t even try to grasp the simple concept directly in their face that God is real? They go into all kinds of complexities, and they skipped over the vital first grade of life.

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  105. bumpyRd -  October 8, 2011 - 3:47 am

    The one who pays for the ride should get to decide the language. With most new computers supporting Unicode, there’s no reason to stick with badly-spoken English.

    Although I’d rather stay with Enlish.

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  106. Andattaca2010 -  October 8, 2011 - 2:54 am

    I think this article is trying to make a bigger deal out of something that is really nothing. So American astronauts are now going to be required to learn Russian? That completely makes sense, considering that they will be using Russian crafts as transport back and forth. I don’t think this means English is losing its place in space (or anywhere else for that matter).

    I am also pretty sure that most of the astronauts of non-English-speaking countries, likewise, probably have some reasonable knowledge of the English language, as it has become the dominant language in international affairs. I don’t think any extra requirement to learn another language is going to do anything to the fact that English has become humanity’s leading universal language, on Earth and in space.

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  107. ration -  October 8, 2011 - 1:23 am

    I think phasing out English is a good idea. We should really start using a logical language in space. I nominate Latin.

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  108. Morteza -  October 8, 2011 - 1:13 am

    Hi:
    I do not know who the idea of “other life forms” belong to. There are ideas that are taken for granted but are absolutely false and outdated. I think we are alone in the universe.

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  109. Me -  October 8, 2011 - 12:25 am

    Interesting fact: English is the worldwide required language of aeronautics. If a German pilot is flying his own German built airplane and is landing in Berlin, he is speaking English to the English-speaking control tower.

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  110. Brazilianin -  October 7, 2011 - 11:53 pm

    No, my dear Svejamin, I’ m so sorry, but

    Esperanto is so useful for everybody. One must understand that today
    so many people use it for several purpose. Be sure that every day
    somewhere it happens Esperanto Congress about important affair.

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  111. marsha -  October 7, 2011 - 11:23 pm

    I’m all for it Russian for space, English for trade, Dutch for criminals and French for winelovers

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  112. FreeEventsTV -  October 7, 2011 - 11:07 pm

    First of all, the solution of using a pencil was from Chinese, also pencil was invented by Chinese from China.

    Secondly, It is a bad bad bad bad idea to suggest Russian language will be used in space rather English or Chinese – simple economics!

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  113. Sean Hsu -  October 7, 2011 - 10:33 pm

    The reason why pencil is unsuitable in zero gravity is because the lead fragments can wreck havoc inside the spacecraft.
    NASA wasn’t as dumb as we liked them to be.

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  114. RIBBIT -  October 7, 2011 - 10:07 pm

    RUSSIAN should have always been the only language used. The FIRST Space Station was the Soviet MIR (means Peace or World) = later Russian MIR = in 1986.

    Only after the fall of the Soviet Union and the failure of the United States financing for its own space station, to be named Freedom, and the end of the Space Race = and similar budgetary difficulties faced by other nations with space station projects = did the United States government start negotiating with the European states of Russia, Japan, and Canada in the early 1990 to begin a collaborative project to be called The International Space Station. From my work experience and opinion = it was more like begging on the American government’s part.

    And it was not until June 1992, when Russian president Boris Yeltsin and American president George H. W. Bush agreed to cooperate on space exploration and then the other country’s jumped on board; to add to the Soviet – Russian MIR Space Station. Again, in my opinion, if Russia had the money they would have done it with the other European Nations and not included the United States having a stake in it; but they all needed the American government for its money only. Period.

    The United States never did have and never will have a Space Station = It is an International Space Station with the Soviet – Russian MIR Space Station as the Core Base Station.

    All other country’s astronauts, etc. speak and write Russian = it is only the American’s who do not. Why would anyone think that every other Nation involved in the International Space Station be forced to speak and write English when they already speak and write Russian.

    In my opinion, it all has to do with the American government and American agencies and company’s trying to force all other Nations of the world to do what they want.

    I am an American and I love my country = but the powers to be are wrong on this. And the American people need to get it through their heads that this is not the United States Space Station. Never was, never will be. Geez, how stupid can people be. Read and understand the facts people. Just irritates the bejebbers out of me.

    I also am against any more space exploration, travel etc. by the United States of America. It is a total waste of money and trashing of the outer space universe with space junk’ once the satellites, experiments, etc. quit functioning.

    Instead, we should explore saving the oceans, seas, rivers, creeks, etc. because at least there are all kinds of food already there. We just need to protect it and learn how to better protect it for eons to come.

    As far as potentially communicating with other lifeforms = already been done since the 1940s and no benefit to regular people on Planet Earth; only for Scientist’s, etc. to study.

    My opinion = granted to me and guaranteed by the Bill of Rights = First Amendment = the Great American Freedom of Speech = to the United States Constitution.

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  115. Nazir Habib -  October 7, 2011 - 9:56 pm

    Speaking a new language that is universally accepted is not bad at all. It’s fantastic and will mostly concretize inter human relations, which the USA has brazenly destroyed, the world over. So if the Americans go up in a Russian spacecraft there is absolutely no harm at all.
    They will be using the same bunks, toilets, after shaves, operating consoles and go out together into the cosmos for a spin.
    What’s the harm? Unless you are a miserable and sad faced, worthless RACIST. Oh yes! Maybe you can fire at the Afghans from the moon or from Mars? Who knows perchance the Taliban may also join you and the war can continue in the cosmos. Salams

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  116. K -  October 7, 2011 - 8:36 pm

    um… okay…

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  117. WhoAreYou? -  October 7, 2011 - 8:25 pm

    Un-F’ing-believable! I keep hearing dumber and dumber things every day.

    Russian population: roughly 150million
    US pop: 310million

    add to that all the other (English speaking) former commonwealth countries involved in the ISS (U.K., Australia, Canada): another 110million

    Eventually China may have the dominant space presence, or perhaps India will decide to go to space; but until then, Russian makes no sense. The US economy may be in the tank but it’s certainly not worse than Russia (maybe both are bankrupt), but how do ideas like this even get mentioned? What… does NASA put all the morons in charge of making the decisions and leave it to the ones with a brain to get people into space.

    Ok, so the space program is ridiculously expensive, but it has also generated a whole lot of science and technological advancements that would never have occurred (or atleast wouldn’t have originated in the US) if not for the space program(s).

    As for actually going to space, if a bunch of private enterprise types (Virgin) can develop space tourism (granted not currently planning on completely leaving the atmosphere), one’s gotta assume that they’ll get there soon enough (if it doesn’t finish off the global climate first); so how can any idiot at NASA agree to something like this? Heck, pull out the blueprints for the pre-Apollo capsules they made in the early ’60s and make a couple knock-offs and use those to get to the ISS. (Granted you’d probably have to buy the parts from China since there probably aren’t any factories in the US capable of making something like them, or a model of them for that matter).

    I’m all for international co-operation, and even agreeing to train future astronauts in basic Russian might make sense as a good PR move, but if America agrees to make anything but English their “Official” language of the American space program, it’s a pretty sure sign of just how pathetic the US has become and a rather clear indication that no part of the US government is in any way influenced by the American people. But then perhaps I find this story to be so ridiculous and offensive because it confirms exactly that.

    Das vedanya/До свидания/Goodbye USA; for the most part, it’s been nice knowing you.

    As for talking with some little green men, gotta assume they’re already here, they’re grown in pods, and they’ve been taking over every part of world government since 2000; they speak English (and everything else), they call themselves “bodysnatchers” AND THEY HAVE INVADED!
    RUN!!! :)

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  118. yayRay Shell :) -  October 7, 2011 - 7:47 pm

    That would be pretty cool. We might learn a thing or too.

    OMG no more English but that’s ok. We still learn something in the end. Besides, this IS the consequence for NASA prohibiting astronauts from going to space.

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  119. ArekZ -  October 7, 2011 - 7:46 pm

    It all makes sense: Russians, like Americans, do not like learning foreign languages.
    Another reason might be the diminishing position of the US in the world – less and less of space activities are under US control.

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  120. ddddsfdsa -  October 7, 2011 - 6:38 pm

    HAHA russia. what a joke…

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  121. Eyewitness -  October 7, 2011 - 6:24 pm

    The Hot Word Blog leaves two interesting gaps, to wit:
    “The new class of (American) astronauts will be required to learn Russian before they go into space. Because the Russian Federal Space Agency is facilitating the space flight to and from the ISS … ,”
    Firstly, are the Russian astronauts also required to learn English? Or is English already taught in Russian public schools, as in many other countries? Just how much of this purported “cooperation” involves both parties?
    Secondly, Russians have cosmonauts. Only Americans are astronauts. “Houston, we’ve got a problem.”
    On a unilateral note, one expedient driver of English as the international (earth) language was the proliferation of air routes. As civil aviation gradually encircled the globe, pilots and air traffic controllers had to be able to speak to each other by radio and therefore, perforce, unwittingly brought English into usage in places where it was never before considered a necessity. Why not in space? These are, after all, simply much longer travel routes. I assure all readers of the Hot Word Blog the air traffic controllers in Russia speak English quite passably well.

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  122. kevin -  October 7, 2011 - 6:10 pm

    Why not this?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interlingua
    Btw, I think that because russian has the cyrillac alphabet and english is just a fraking insane language, that they are probably about equivalent in difficulty to learn

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  123. Archon -  October 7, 2011 - 6:03 pm

    @ bholland

    Negative proof remains elusive too.

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  124. andy -  October 7, 2011 - 4:56 pm

    latin. everyone should learn latin because nobody speaks it so it would be fair

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  125. Matt J. -  October 7, 2011 - 4:50 pm

    Despite that resurgent Chinese nationalists think, Chinese is out of the question: too many homophones and an ridiculously difficult writing system. Russian is a somewhat odd choice, but certainly not impossible: when the equipment doesn’t work, Russian swear words are SO much more expressive than anything in English;) And if you need to brush up on the really expressive gutter vocabulary, it is all on Russian language blogs!

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  126. JavierV -  October 7, 2011 - 4:47 pm

    Esperanto is a living and useful language. Perhaps English is good for business, but Esperanto is at best in making friends.

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  127. Sylver -  October 7, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    I am of the opinion that if people of all languages interact with each other in space, it is likely there will be a new ‘language’ developed that includes words from all languages used together, with no regard to grammar, such as (in English) ‘I-Sylver-you-who?’, or, with grammar, ‘My name is Sylver. Who are you?’.

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  128. Svenjamin -  October 7, 2011 - 1:47 pm

    I’m unclear on why operations wouldn’t continue to be multilingual in space. Or use Esperanto… just kidding, Esperanto is useless. Maybe they could just make Russian the primary language of space and then have the option to press #2 to “Habla espanol” like everything here in the USA whose primary language is English.

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  129. john -  October 7, 2011 - 1:35 pm

    Spend years learning Russian and training just to kick it with some soviet homeboys for extended periods of time? No thanks, I’ll stay down here.

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  130. Vikhaari -  October 7, 2011 - 1:04 pm

    Irony! Only yesterday we discussed the mandatory, or something of the sort, fluency in English and today “Will English no longer [is to] be spoken in space?” (Owing to practically zero access for me to have and enjoy internet—except in school as a part time, mature and somehow student– I get to find only yesterday the fluency in English topic)
    However, it is no more yesterday; it is today, and the story is different, yet it has to do with language and interestingly English! But this time in space—excuse! (Who knows?) Yes space is vast and can be very lonely up there, so why not take up a friend and compromise.
    It’s Russia. The mass. Mighty. Besides we already know a couple– p(erestroika) & G(lasnost)—a couple more would not hurt, perhaps. So it’s okay especially in today’s GLOBAL community.

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  131. Marcelo -  October 7, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    1.Unless we are interacting with other sentient beings in outer space no languages are being spoken

    2. While english may be the predominant language here on earth in a geopolitical, global economic sense, the prospect of intergalactic commerce is a non-starter at the moment so the gentleman who finds this to be unlikely for this reason is wrong.

    3. Assuming communication with other more advanced civilizations you can safely assume they would possess the technology to interpret our languages and communicate with us in any form. If they are technologically advanced enough to travel our way then they are equally advanced enough to have supercomputers if indeed they themselves are not evolved supercomputers. Yeah, I won’t even try to explain that one. Terminator anyone?

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  132. Michael -  October 7, 2011 - 11:58 am

    This is stupid idea because it is much easy to Russians to learn English than Americans to learn Russian. Becides Russia relies on outdated Soviet technologies.

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  133. Ptron -  October 7, 2011 - 11:34 am

    One last thought: Russia, China, and other countries/states in the world are likely happy about America’s reduced space program and increased reliance upon others for space travel.

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  134. Ptron -  October 7, 2011 - 11:27 am

    To be serious, and this is just an initial gut feeling, it’s probably not the best move geopolitically for America to be so strongly reducing its ability to hold a presence in space. If America upsets the Russians or Chinese enough (who also both stopped recognizing English as their language of foreign relations), they could stop letting Americans hang out with them in space. Or maybe they’ll hold America’s debt over its head, saying, “When you can pay us back, you can go to space. And finish your vegetables, too.” The American reduction in its space presence is probably a good move financially, though.

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  135. lezza -  October 7, 2011 - 11:25 am

    I think it’s a good idea to keep things non-language specific. If one day humans were to become extinct and another life form became as advanced as us, it would be easy for them to discover what we were able to accomplish. And if we do discover life from another planet that can comprehend complex language, then it’d be great to dumb the first contact down so that they can more easily understand what we are trying to communicate.

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  136. Ptron -  October 7, 2011 - 11:19 am

    You mean communicating with other lifeforms like algae or tree frogs?

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  137. john rhea -  October 7, 2011 - 11:06 am

    @Blogchi – I’ve noticed you and your comments several times. Your postings make no sense whatsoever. They aren’t witty, aren’t funny, don’t rhyme, they are nothing. What is your purpose in these maniacal rants?

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  138. Greg -  October 7, 2011 - 10:52 am

    Um, John, that million dollar space pen thing is an urban legend.

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  139. bholland -  October 7, 2011 - 10:44 am

    @Pathor
    It only takes one instance to prove the positive; the negative proof remains illusive forever.

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  140. Pathor -  October 7, 2011 - 10:18 am

    What if there are no other life forms?

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    [...] ‘Space#More’ — “Necessity, Who is the Mother of Invention.” — Thus the need to fill the Gap where technology is in play. — Why Wouldn’t technology be Helpful in what other forms might say? — Just don’t shoot first and ask questions later as any dog will tell you. — Ritualistic instinct of anything with senses should be enough to sell you. — Better communication on this Space Ship we Live upon, — with self awareness and responsibility of sharing life with other beans — and no regard for afterlife or Some God somewhere out there — in different scenes. — Have no fear as we Move On, knowing that there is More#Space than we are yet aware. –>>L.T.Rhyme  –”Wag,Oui?”–>>J.J.Rousseau This entry was posted in DICTCOMHOTWORD, L.T.Rhyme and tagged LT, LTRhyme, the HOT WORD by admin. Bookmark the permalink. [...]

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  142. Abberube -  October 7, 2011 - 6:01 am

    This article completely overlooks the fact that China is building its first space station and plans a manned lunar mission by 2024 that will include a walk on the moon’s surface. Chinese is likely to become one of the important languages spoken in space.

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  143. Adé -  October 7, 2011 - 5:24 am

    I’m all for it!

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  144. john rhea -  October 7, 2011 - 4:27 am

    It makes sense to let Russia take over space travel. They do it for much less than America. In the1970′s NASA spent $2 million to develop a pen that could write upside down and in zero Gravity. Russia sent their astronauts up with pencils.

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  145. Beautiful Cocacola -  October 6, 2011 - 8:57 pm

    okay……

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  146. Alexander -  October 6, 2011 - 8:28 pm

    I find it kind of odd to suggest that English may not be spoken in the future. English is language of business here on Earth, so it would be weird if it were otherwise for humans in space. I understand why this is suggested, by I just find it to be unlikely.

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  147. Jamaica -  October 6, 2011 - 7:49 pm

    i don’t know maybe sign language.

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  148. Tobias Mook -  October 6, 2011 - 7:31 pm

    Quite interesting. I always thought for such big things as space flights an illogical language such as English shouldn’t be used.

    PS for all you Whovians out there, the ImpossibleAstronaut :O

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  149. Gina -  October 6, 2011 - 7:17 pm

    Creepy!!!!!!!!!!Don’t do it!!

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  150. Cat -  October 6, 2011 - 4:11 pm

    Whaat….Russian’s hard though…….

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