Putin Joins Cosmonauts for Russian Blockbuster FILMED IN OUTER SPACE

40 minutes of screen time are in zero gravity, and 20 more minutes in outer space. Nobody has filmed this before.

Fri, Nov 24, 2017
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Salyut 7 is an awe-inspiring film based on the true story of Russian Cosmonauts who prevented their station from violently crashing into the earth.

Below is a Russian TV report on the film featuring #1 fan Putin, and some of the real retired Cosmonauts themselves. Full Transcript below video.

It's not just the tale of the film that is amazing, but the filming itself broke world records, as twenty minutes of this action-packed blockbuster were actually filmed in Space! 

The film primarily tells the tales of Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Viktor Savinykh, who actually saved the Salyut-7 station in June 1985, when it almost crashed into the earth.

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Video Transcript:

Reporter:

The first screening in the Kremlin cinema was attended by the President, the film's creators, leading actors, the daughter of Earth's first cosmonaut, Elena Gagarina, and, of course, the main characters, cosmonauts Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Viktor Savinykh.

It was they who saved the Salyut-7 station in June 1985, when it was blacked-out and expected to fall on Earth or into the Americans' hands.

Line from movie:

If the Americans capture our station, will that mean intrusion?

Reporter:

This film is about a heroic deed of the Soviet guys, about those who weren't afraid of a deadly risk and rushed to the cosmic abyss to save not just 20 tons of iron, as some may think, but much more: their Homeland, their domestic cosmonautics as a whole. Of course, at first, it was necessary to dock to an unpiloted station, which went spinning uncontrollably at an altitude of 280 kilometers above the Earth and at a speed of about 28.000 kph.

Line from movie:

Easy, easy, easy... Docked.

But two heroes of the Soviet Union, Savinykh and Dzhanibekov, tell the president about how it was, say that this wasn't difficult at all.

Cosmonaut:

I waited for the station to approach, I put it on the dock and docked it. It wasn't difficult.

Vladimir Putin:

It's difficult even when it comes to air refueling, you know. It's about the same.

Cosmonaut:

Yes, yes, one must hit the target.

Putin:

Yes, I watched it myself, and I understand that there are difficulties.

Actually, not just watched, I sat next to the pilot-captain who did air refueling.

Firstly, he didn't succeed on the first try. Secondly, he was all covered in sweat.

Cosmonaut:

We were wet, too.

Putin:

He was dripping with sweat.

Reporter:

But docking was half the battle. They had to revive the station which had already been frozen.

Movie Line:

We must connect the radiator directly to the solar cell.

Film Team:

Their prototypes were quite accurate.

Putin:

It's rather metaphorical.

And lively.

Film Team Member:

Yeah, and there were caps.

Reporter:

When solar cells were on, and the Salyut was heated, another problem occurred: all the rime ice turned into water.

Line from the Movie:

Holy crap!

So beautiful.

Reporter:

"Salyut-7" is a real blockbuster. 40 minutes of screen time are in zero gravity, and 20 more minutes in outer space. Nobody has filmed this before. World-class computer graphics. It took the powerful computer in Kurchatov institute 2 weeks to calculate some of the scenes.

Putin:

Very well. It's interesting, captivating. And the way zero gravity is shown...

Klim Shipenko, director:

"A complicated system of cables and cranes was used to move the guys, they were hanging upside down, cursing us for it, but they all overcame it bravely".

Putin [to cosmonauts]:

Did you curse in space?

First Cosmonaut:

No, we didn't.

Second Cosmonaut:

Of course we did!

Reporter:

Even the harsh professionals had a sense that what was happening was real.

Viktor Savinykh (One of the two Cosmonauts):

"It's much better here, you can't say it's graphics, though it is computer graphics. The scale is completely different".

Reporter:

You don't have to tell Viktor Savinykh about the scale. The whole planet was under him when he went out into outer space to save it.

Viktor Savinykh:

"I looked down and saw Italy right under me, the boot!"

Reporter:

They completed the task, though many considered it impossible, when every hour there were fewer chances to return home.

Line from the Movie:

Vitya! Vitya, put on the suit! You'll get a sunburn! Vitya!

Reporter:

Working in space isn't all about instructions and well-defined algorithms. Commander's instincts and determination appear much more valuable.

Vladimir Dzhanibekov:

"I was the boss after we undocked from the carrier".

Reporter:

Of course, they knew that they were much waited for at home, and it gave them strength.

Line from the Movie:

I love you very much, too. Come back home.

This film is about the heroes who can't give up and step back, about those who are always ready to do the unthinkable.

Putin:

Congratulations, guys!

Thanks!

Thank you.

Thank you.

Dmitry Petrov, Pyotr Ravnov, Viktor Vinogradov and Viktor Mamaev for Vesti.

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