USSR, June 1985. Based on actual events. After contact with the Salyut 7 space station is lost, cosmonauts Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Viktor Savinykh dock with the empty, frozen craft, and bring her back to life.
The year is 1985. The unmanned Soviet space station Salyut 7, which is in low Earth orbit, suddenly stops responding to commands from the Control Center. If the space station - the pride of Soviet space engineering - falls from the sky, not only will it damage the image of the country, it will also be a disaster bringing untold casualties. To investigate the failure and prevent the catastrophe, people must be sent to the station. Yet no one in history has ever attempted to dock an uncontrolled vehicle in space. To this day, this mission is considered to be the most technically challenging in the history of space exploration.Written by
Oksana Fandera and Mariya Mironova co-starred together in Statskiy sovetnik (2005). See more »
The Americans never launched any of their Space Shuttles to Salyut. NASA indeed planned to send the Challenger or the Discovery to take photos of the drifting station, and retrieval was considered, but all these plans were dropped because they didn't want to provoke the Soviets, particularly not in the interregnum shortly after Konstantin Chernyenko's death, not knowing how firmly has the new Premier, Mikhail Gorbachev is sitting in his chair. See more »