As a science undergrad, my prof recommended I study Russian so that I could read the original scientific papers.

Now the USA has no manned space lifting capacity & must rely on the Russians - whose launch is run in English, in a capsule captained by an American astronaut.

I'm confused!

And did you notice that Curiosity was powered by a Russian motor?

Verum audaces non gerunt indusia alba. - Ipsi dixit MCMLXXII