Russia: Don’t ‘make holes in the ISS’ — Cosmonaut Ovchinin on ISS safety — *ARCHIVE*

SOT, Aleksei Ovchinin, Roscosmos cosmonaut (Russian): “Quite frequently, during my first flight, I lived in the American segment, so I visited them a couple of times a day.” SOT, Reporter, (Russian): “Do the Americans visit us?” SOT, Aleksei Ovchinin, Roscosmos cosmonaut (Russian): “Yes, maybe not that frequently, but it depends on the crew, we had a very friendly crew on the last flight and... Еще we visited each other often, sometimes we would eat together in the evenings.” SOT, Reporter, (Russian): “[Would you rather spend] a year on the ISS or a year at Baikonur?” SOT, Aleksei Ovchinin, Roscosmos cosmonaut (Russian): “A year aboard the ISS.” SOT, Reporter, (Russian): “Who’s the coolest cosmonaut you’ve met in real life?” SOT, Aleksei Ovchinin, Roscosmos cosmonaut (Russian): “I think [Vladimir] Dzhanibekov.” SOT, Reporter, (Russian): “Why?” SOT, Aleksei Ovchinin, Roscosmos cosmonaut (Russian): “Well they took part in a very famous flight when they docked with an uncontrollable space station and they made it habitable.” SOT, Reporter, (Russian): “What’s the most difficult thing about zero gravity?” SOT, Aleksei Ovchinin, Roscosmos cosmonaut (Russian): “That’s a good question, I’ve never really thought about it. Everything is easy in micro gravity. Maybe getting used to it when you first experience it, but again it depends on the person. Personally, this was quite easy for me.” SOT, Reporter, (Russian): “If you’re offered a trip to Mars, would you go?” SOT, Aleksei Ovchinin, Roscosmos cosmonaut (Russian): “I’m afraid I wouldn’t live that long. But I would go.” SOT, Reporter, (Russian): “To the Moon?” SOT, Aleksei Ovchinin, Roscosmos cosmonaut (Russian): “I would go to the Moon. I think this will happen much sooner.” SOT, Reporter, (Russian): “Try and think of the three most important rules aboard the ISS.” SOT, Aleksei Ovchinin, Roscosmos cosmonaut (Russian): “First of all, you must get on well with the crew if you’re going to live in such an enclosed space for a long time and so there aren’t any problems interacting. You must observe the safety measures and the requirements without fail.” SOT, Reporter, (Russian): “What should you definitely not do?” SOT, Aleksei Ovchinin, Roscosmos cosmonaut (Russian): “Make holes in the ISS.” Russian Cosmonaut Aleksei Ovchinin talked about the dos and don’ts of living aboard the ISS in an exclusive interview filmed at Star City almost a week before he was forced to make an emergency landing following the failure of a booster on the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft. When asked about the three most important rules for living aboard the station, Ovchinin said “first of all, you must get on well with the crew if you’re going to live in such an enclosed space for a long time and so there aren’t any problems interacting. You must observe the safety measures and the requirements without fail.” When asked about the things you definitely should not do, the cosmonaut succinctly answered “Make holes in the ISS.” During the interview, Ovchinin also said the coolest cosmonaut he ever met was Dzhanibekov for the role he played in docking with the unresponsive Salyut-7 space station in 1985. Alexei Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague landed safely, having returned to Earth in ballistic descent mode. They were originally cheduled to return to Earth in April 2019.

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