Why Russian? Spending cuts.

NASA searching for future astronauts after budget boost | The State Column http://www.thestatecolumn.com/science/budget-boost-hiring-spree/

NASA said applicants should have diverse background. The agency said applicants should focus on math and science, as well as engineering and astronomy. Applicants must also have at least a bachelor’s degree —most astronauts have a master’s or a doctorate —in engineering, biological science, physical science or math. Applicants are required to know or to learn Russian.

That’s what’s all the instruments are written in, after all…since they are the only ones who can afford it.   Zombie Reagan, I would think, is appalled at our lack of brains.