The Documentary OUR "MIR"

We continue telling you about the films by TV Roscosmos, which will be shown at the Tsiolkovsky International Space Film Festival.

OUR "MIR", documentary, 2021, 52 min

Scriptwriter - Larisa Smirnova, Alexey Kitaytsev

Director of photography - Larisa Smirnova, Alexey Kitaytsev
Producer - Anna Kornienko

On February 20, 1986, the base unit of the new Soviet orbital station, called Mir, was launched into orbit by the Proton rocket. Unlike its predecessors, the Salyut stations, the new orbital complex was assembled from various modules, each of them was a real scientific laboratory. So, over the next 10 years, five more modules and a docking bay were sequentially docked to Mir. 

The film features how the Mir space station, which spent a record 5511 days in orbit, was created and operated in space. During this time, more than 23 thousand scientific experiments and tests and 78 spacewalks have been carried out at the station. It was originally planned that Mir would work in orbit for 5 years, but the station lasted three times longer in space - as much as 15 years!   

Our "Mir" has become a foundation for the work of not only Russian expeditions, but also foreign astronauts. It was a time of collaboration, discoveries and amazing events. However, after the dissolution of the USSR, the financing of space programmes began to curtail. In March 2001, the Mir orbital complex was taken out of orbit and drowned in the Pacific Ocean. 

In the film, cosmonauts, scientists and designers openly talk about whar they felt at that dramatic moment. But "Mir" continues to live! It gave a great foundation for the further development of our cosmonautics. Many technologies have moved to the ISS. The film uses exclusive archives of the creation of the station, life at the station and ongoing scientific experiments.      

The films by TV Roscosmos will be shown from April 12 to 16 at the Museum of the History of Cosmonautics and the Kaluga Region Tourist Information Center. More information about the dates of screenings can be found on the Tsiolkovsky ISFF website after March, 15