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 scheduled to return in April 2019.

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