The situation on the International Space Station has become more tense recently, as the crisis on the ground in Libya continues.

With the exception of several bizarre incidents, operations have largely continued as planned, with American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts working together peacefully.

Mark Vande Hei, who recently spent 355 days on board the aging orbital outpost before returning to Earth on a Russian spacecraft, sat down with The Washington Post for an interview about the issues.

Vande Hei implied that they would sometimes spar about international issues. He said that his time on the station forced him to confront American culture's misrepresentations of Russian people, and that it all came to a head on movie night.

Bad Vlad

Stereotypes run deep in Hollywood, which made catching up on cinema during the station's weekly movie nights awkward.

Vande Hei told WaPo that he realized at one point that all the bad guys were Russians.

Vande Hei said that the crew adapted by using a strategy in which everyone got a chance to pick a movie they wanted to share with everyone else.

Vande Hei said the movie nights were on a previous flight, suggesting that NASA and the Russian space agency are no longer getting together for the weekly ritual.

The Washington Post has more on how this astronauts approached U.S.-Russian relations in space.

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