"A Feat on the Stellar Path"
The docking of Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 in January 1969 was the first time two manned spacecraft were linked together in orbit. It was a much-needed first for the Soviet space program at a time when the Americans had just scored big with the Apollo 8 lunar orbital mission. This contemporary news feature shows how the space program was presented to the Soviet public—equal parts propaganda and optimistic views of humanity's future in space. The film includes footage of Soviet cosmonauts preparing for spaceflight, including weightlessness training onboard an aircraft. (10:30)