Denmark’s first astronaut Andreas Mogensen says learning Russian is the biggest challenge as he trains to fly to space this year. “I’m more of a math and science person. All of the training that takes place in Russia takes place in Russian, and of course we have Russian crewmates that we have to be able to speak with,” he tells us.
This year will be an exciting time in human spaceflight, as three European astronauts, including Andreas, Britain’s Tim Peake and Italy’s Samantha Cristoforetti carry out their missions to the ISS.
Meanwhile a duo of one Russian and one American are preparing to spend one whole year in orbit. Astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko leave Earth on March 27th 2015 and return in March 2016.