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Philip
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posted 11-04-2002 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Spaceflight fans ...
Just bought an insanely great DVD ... entitled " Out of the Present - A journey into space at the end of the Soviet Empire " ... A Russian movie shot onboard the MIR space-station ... excellent footage of the May 1991 Soyuz TM-12 mission with British female Cosmonaut HELEN SHARMAN ... it further tells the story of SERGEI KRIKALEV who was the last Soviet Cosmonaut ... having left the USSR he returns to an independent Russia in March 1992 ...
Insanely great images !!! A film by Andreď Ujica via dvdvideointernational.com
A must for all Soviet & Russian manned spaceflight enthusiasts !

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posted 11-04-2002 03:30 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello All....Thanks for the "heads up" Philip. I just ordered one !! You can purchase this DVD at www.dvdplanet.com for 22.46 plus shipping. Just search for the title "Out Of The Present" as it is listed as currently in stock !! Donald Brady

Philip
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posted 11-06-2002 01:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You won't be disappointed Donald ... The DVD is 95 minutes and there're only 5 minutes showing the fall of USSR in Moscow ... all the rest is the best of Russian Manned Spaceflight !
Amazing images of spacewalk - EVA outside the Mir spacestation ... excellent images of Soyuz launches ... Superb view of a Progress undocking and folding out a huge silver screen ... and of course lots of onboard footage showing the every day activities on the Mir spacestation ...
For those interested in statistics on Russian Space stations ;
The Salyut 6 space station was launched on 29th September 1977 and was visited by 16 crews of which 8 “InterKosmos” crews. Salyut 6 was inhabited for 676 days before it was destroyed during reentry over the south Pacific Ocean on 29th June 1982. By that time, Salyut 7 was operational, launched on 19th April 1982, it hosted 10 crews of which 2 “InterKosmos” crews. Salyut 7 re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on 7th February 1991 with debris falling over Argentina and Chile. Both replenishable space stations paved the way for the Mir modular space station, which was kept operational for 15 years from February 1986 until March 2001.

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posted 11-09-2002 07:23 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello again all....I received my dvd today and it is really great !! The photography is visually stunning. The story of Krikalev's journey is most interesting also. This DVD is a great look at the "inside" of the Soviet/Russian space program. Great pics of Mir. A must buy DVD for space fans !! " Out Of The Present" is a stunning DVD !!! Donald Brady

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posted 11-12-2002 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok, I blame you guys. I put in an order for this yesterday and I got mail that it has been shipped. I should have my copy this week.

Sounds like a good one from what you have said about it, Internet Movie Database gave it 8/10 also.

Tom

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posted 11-15-2002 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got my copy in the mail yesterday. Unfortunately, the DVD came off the spindle thingy and was bouncing around in the case during shipment and it was pretty badly scratched up. I was able to watch the whole movie though, and will send it back for a non-scuffed up replacement.

Great movie! The plot of the movie doesn't flow too smoothly, but the photography is excellent. I like the transition in the beginning from the blurry black and white image of Mir to the sharp color image in the docking sequence. The shots of the space walk where some of the best I've seen with the earth in the background, I just wish that part was longer.
It was interesting to see inside the Soyuz during the launch also, I haven't seen much of that before.

Question: What is that little toy that is often seen hanging from the panel on a string in the Soyuz? Is that some kind of good luck tradition?

Tom

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posted 03-08-2006 06:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Prospero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by tegwilym:
Question: What is that little toy that is often seen hanging from the panel on a string in the Soyuz? Is that some kind of good luck tradition?

Tom


Hi, I've just joined this forum and I came across this old thread while I was doing a search for information about Soyuz TM-12. I haven't seen this film (although it sounds like one I want to watch out for) but in case you're still curious about the toy, it sounds like something Helen Sharman describes in the first chapter of "Seize the Moment":

“Immediately in front of our faces, dangling over our heads, was a little metal model of a spaceman, tied to the hatch by a piece of string. He was our talisman. All through these launch preparations the talisman swung to and fro as the rocket moved in the wind, a kind of insistent reminder of the physical world outside. It was not another good-luck charm (although it did remind me of the things people dangle inside their car windscreens), but actually had a function during the launch. Behind it was the on-board TV camera that monitored us and no matter which way the lens was turned the talisman could be seen swinging. It was a simple device for the people on the ground, who by watching its movements would be able to tell the exact moment in which we became weightless.”

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posted 03-08-2006 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Correct Prospero ... I have footage of about 20 Soyuz launches and every time there's a small puppet hanging on a string which is both a good luck charm and clearly indicates when the crew is in micro-gravity ;-)

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posted 03-08-2006 10:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A very low-tech instrument! I guess NASA would build a fancy $50,000 guage that would do the same thing as the toy. Reminds me of the story of the highly developed pen that the astronauts used that could write in zero gravity and all angles. The Russians simply sharpened a pencil.

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posted 03-08-2006 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heyhouston   Click Here to Email heyhouston     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello everybody. I didn't know about this wondeful DVD before reading this topic, and now I'm looking for it. Do you know if this DVD is only in Russian with various subtitles? I found some different version (maybe in German?) on Amazon and eBay, and I'm a little confused. Thank You for your help.

Fabio - Italy

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posted 03-08-2006 11:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw this great movie in the company of cosmonaut Anatoli Artsebarski, who gave a great running commentary about his memories of that mission. His colleages mentioned that they had first come across it in a store called Facets in Chicago, who specialize in hard-to-find DVDs - and that's where I got my copy from ( www.facets.org )- they have lots of wonderful rare movies.

FF

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posted 04-30-2006 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Prospero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Having bought this DVD in an ebay auction a couple of weeks ago, I finally got round to watching it tonight. I wasn't disappointed, it's a very good documentary - and the fact that it slides into surrealism at times actually helps the atmosphere along. Great visuals, obviously, and I also liked the music. I'd have to watch it again to figure out what my favourite bits were, but the scenes that stick in my mind at the moment are the training scene in the Vomit Cometski, the sight of the Soyuz rocket (with the Union Flag painted on the fairing) being transported to the launch pad, the shots of the interior of the Soyuz capsule during the launch, Helen Sharman in the pink outfit that Leonov had made for her (in fact all the scenes with Sharman), the spacewalk scene, the crew cutting each other's hair, the failure of the Progress ferry to deploy the balloon and the scene where the stupid journalist is trying to get Krikalev to express an opinion about the political changes that took place during his mission - I mean, what would you expect him to say? It's a good film, well worth the money.

In answer to Fabio's question, my understanding is that the DVD is centrally produced by a single company, but distributed under license by businesses in different countries, who are responsible for producing their own packaging, so the actual DVD is always the same (narrated in Russian with English subtitles), but if you shop around on the internet you'll find it packaged in different types of sleeves and cases.

tegwilym
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posted 05-01-2006 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shameless plug for my sister's movie review website. I did write up a review for this movie a while back. You can read it here: http://www.moviepie.com/rent/out_of_the_present.htm

Good stuff!

Tom

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