Buenos Aires: The ancient Incan
civilisation city of Machu Picchu in Peru made history Thursday when
a radio contact was established from there with the International
Space Station (ISS).
The Russian and Peruvian delegations talked with the ISS crew for 10
The conversation was made in three languages -- Russian, Spanish and
the Peru Indian language of Quechua. ISS Commander Alexander
Skvortsov said it was the first time Quechua had ever been heard on
Quechua is spoken by some 10 million native South American Indians.
Russia is helping Peru to build its first ever satellite, media
reports said. It has also agreed to grow Peruvian potatoes on the
The rector of the Peruvian National University of Engineering,
Aurelio Padilla Rios said the potatoes "will be healthy for the
cosmonauts' food ration during a proposed three-year flight to
The current ISS crew is made up of Russian cosmonauts Alexander
Skvortsov, Mikhail Korniyenko and Fedor Yurchikhin, US astronauts
Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Shannon Walker and Douglas Wheelock.
Machu Picchu, "The Lost City of the Incas", is Peru's top archeological site, and was built in the middle of the 15th century.