In the remote past – and to be more precise, in 1955 – the people of the Soviet Union had many victories, discoveries and inventions pickaback. But still, there were also many things that they were deprived of; and the main thing that they lacked for above all was not money, welfare or something material. It was the thing that each of them was gazing at all night round and dreaming that someday this mysterious and unexplored world would enter their lives.
In the middle of 50’s authorities of the USSR decided to take their chances and try to dip into the future and make a slide film describing spaceflight of the first Soviet spacecraft that was supposed to be launched in 1975. Did they miss? Yeah, they did.
But, anyways, let’s dream a bit and imagine ourselves the world two decades later…
Enjoy the film!
One moody November morning we get a newspaper and see the article which says that on the 25-th of November, 10 am, first interplanetary vehicle will be launched for the Moon.
Here we can see a crew of the first spaceship Luna-1.
The interplanetary station is located at the foot of Kazbek mountain. The spacecraft will be launched from a summit of the mountain which will help to cut the necessary fuel supply.
And eventually the day has come, and it is November 25, morning. It is winter in the mountains and there are lots of scientists, workers, journalists and friends along with relatives of the crew gathered at the station to see their heroes off and wish them good luck.
At 10 o’clock prompt the spaceship is supposed to be launched off. Take-off runway engines drag a platform with the spacecraft on it for 25 seconds to reach the start point and after that the spaceship is already flying with the speed of 600 meters per second.
During the flight, engines will be engaged only for something about ten minutes. At 10:07 Luna-1 reached the necessary speed and all engines were shut off.
By 12 pm Luna-1 passed 39,000 kilometers what was equal to 1/10 part of their whole way. Travelers admiring their dear planet; it is night in the Western Hemisphere while the Asian sun literally burns.
But nothing can be so easy. Soon after an air stone suddenly popped out of nowhere. Thanks God that the Earth’s scientists have already had care of everything. All the engines of Luna-1 received a special wireless signal and switched the direction.
Day second. Everything’s okay on board and the crew don’t feel themselves bored as TV and radio are set on. There is a doctor on board who systematically inspects his patients and keeps their health steady.
November 27, 11:12 am one of the crew members sent a message to the Earth saying in it that a bit later they would set the main engine on and would be slowing down little by little. All the crew are petrified standing near the illuminators and gazing at the alien planet which grows bigger with every single second. It is 12:55 pm and just a few instanced before landing.
Quite a strong but rather pillowy jolt pushed the cosmonauts down. The engines got quiet, Luna-1 landed on the Moon. The travelers embrace each other and one of them says: “Get ready! Coming out now!”. And they walked out into the immortal silence of a dormant planet.
They weren’t walking; they were leaping over the ground. They were so light, but regardless of it their footprints were for ever left in the centuries-old dust of the Moon.
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