ESA and Chinese astronauts train together

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ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Matthias Maurer joined Chinese astronauts last month for nine days of sea survival training off China’s coastal city of Yantai.

This is the first time ESA astronauts have trained in China and stems from the 2015 agreement to boost collaboration between ESA and China Manned Space Agency, with the goal of flying European astronauts on the Chinese space station from 2022.

This video, filmed by the Astronaut Center of China, shows the first joint training, with interviews of ESA participants in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Footage credit: ACC (Astronaut Center of China)

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http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Astronauts/ESA_and_Chinese_astronauts_train_together

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8 Comments

  1. Do you think Russian will still be a requirement to become an astronaut in 10 years time? Given that ISS's lifetime is about to come to an end, NASA is planning to cooperate with private American companies to send people to space and Russia has a declining population and is an economic crisis while China is set to become one of the biggest players in space travel.
    It is probably wiser to learn Chinese rather than Russian, isn't it?

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