The film sketch tells the story of the Soviet super-heavy rocket Energia, developed at NPO Energia, about the possible reasons for the closure of the H1 space program and the fate of the Buran shuttle. Part 1 A girl holds in her hands an article by academician Roald Zinkurovich Sagdeev "What stars are we flying to? ..." (fierce criticism of Soviet cosmonautics), supports the content of the article. The crowd at the wall of the Space Research Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences is indignant, people argue (supporters and opponents of Sagdeev). The man emotionally condemns the position of the academician. Young people scold the Energia rocket. K / t, color .: 1987, Baikonur Cosmodrome. Control room, cosmodrome specialists are watching the screens. The Energia rocket (a super-heavy launch vehicle) is ready for launch. Command bunker, a meeting of the country's leading missilemen. Boris Ivanovich Gubanov, chief designer of the Energia-Buran reusable space transport system and the Energia rocket complex, is talking to the rocket scientists in his office. Flight Observation Center Hall. 15 May 1987 21 h 36 min. Launch of the Energia rocket. The rocket separates from the ground, flies. The rocket flies in the dark sky. Scientists, the military in the hall are applauding. Meeting of missilemen in the office. 1988 Buran rocket in the hangar, going through the hangar, a group of scientists is standing below. Scientists are sitting in the seats of the pilot's cabin. Rocket "Energia" in the hangar. Transportation of the launch vehicle with the rocket to the launch site. Type of buildings for launching space rockets at Baikonur, a Buran rocket ready for flight. Scientists in the room are watching the monitors. Preparing to start. Start. The rocket is separated from the launch pad and flies. "Buran" lands a meter from the center line. Scientists in the mission control center rise from their seats, applaud. "Buran" rides on the ground. Participants in the work on "Buran" are at the rocket on the site. "Buran" separates from the rocket, flies around the Earth in a reference orbit, finds a landing strip on Earth. Mission Control Center, scientists at the monitors. Part 2 Kazakhstan, 1991. President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev is holding a meeting with the leaders of the rocket industry in his office, the fate of the Baikonur cosmodrome located on the territory of the republic is being discussed. Among those present are Deputy Minister of General Engineering of the USSR Yuri Nikolaevich Koptev, Academician Mikhail Fedorovich Reshetnev, Ch. designer Dmitry Ilyich Kozlov. Leaders of the USSR rocket industry sit on the podium. Deputy Minister of the rocket and space industry Yuri N. Koptev speaks in front of the microphone at the meeting presidium, talks about the interests of the sovereign republics in the fate of Baikonur, about the future of cosmonautics on the territory of the former Soviet Union. Meeting participants are talking in the corridor. Academician M.F. At the meeting, Reshetnev talks about the creation of the Energia carrier rocket and the negative side of the issue. Five-story buildings in which the cosmodrome employees live, an unkempt area near the houses, rickety lighting poles. Advertising of the video salon "Progress". A memorial stone with an embossed inscription: “HERE MAY 5, 1955. MILITARY BUILDERS IN / UNIT 12253 LOCKS THE FIRST BUILDING OF THE MOUNTAINS. LENINSKA ", flowers at the base. A stele with the names and photographs of servicemen who died in the missile test. Newsreel footage: B / W, c / t, 1950s. Kazakh SSR. Camels with their luggage go through the desert. The wind rolls the sand in the desert. Construction of a railroad in the desert. Military builders drink water from a pot. k / t, 1988. View of the launch complex for launching missiles, assembly and test building (filmed from a flying helicopter). The Buran rocket is lowered onto the Energia carrier rocket in the hangar. The cosmodrome staff, preparing Energia and Buran for the launch, go to work on the way. Part 3 Kazakhstan, Leninsk (present-day Baikonur), spring. Panorama of the city (filmed from a flying helicopter). Pedestrians cross the street on the crossing, a little girl rides a bicycle. Monument to V.I. Lenin on Lenin Square. Old brick houses, linen is drying on the balconies, a boy with a bicycle stands at the entrance, a man sits on a bench. A wooden rickety fence on Oktyabrskaya Street, a one-story brick house behind a fence, three schoolchildren are walking along the road. The queue to the store “Household goods. Voentorg ". The queue to the street stall. The queue for water from the cistern on the street. The Kazakh village of Toretam (Kyzyl-Orda region, Karmakshy district) not far from the Baikonur cosmodrome, children are carrying a cart with two cans of water down the street. A rusty ship stands in the sand on the site of the former Aral Sea. Traces from an ecological disaster. Camels walk through the desert on the site of the former Aral Sea, an old wooden boat stands on the sand. The village street covered with sand, houses half covered with sand. A Kazakh with a little boy is standing by a hastily put together fence, a camel is lying on the sand, tied to a car tire. Aral Sea. A hunter butchets a sea animal on the shore with a harpoon, blood is shed. The skeletons of large animals on the grass are the former inhabitants of the Aral Sea. Soldiers with mourning bands say goodbye to their deceased comrade. Women are crying in the cemetery. Russian village. An elderly man sharpens a scythe in the field near a wooden house, mows the grass. A woman walks with full buckets from a well to a ruined wooden house. A lorry is driving along a ravine along a village road. Germany. Procession on the street of one of the cities, an elderly man with awards from the Nazi Reich. Chronicle footage: B / W c / t, late 1940s. Rocket soldiers carry a rocket through the hangar, uncover it. B / w c / t, 1950s. Meeting of representatives of NATO member states. The NATO plane takes off from the deck of the ship. Explosion of a nuclear bomb in the ocean. B / w c / t, 1950s. The Soviet R7 launch vehicle takes off from the cosmodrome (the main rocket of SP Korolev). The R7 rocket is in the hangar, ready for launch. Docking of the rocket parts. Type of installation for launching a rocket. The rocket descends into the shaft. Bunker in the desert. Design Bureau - General Designer S.P. Korolev and his colleagues are examining the drawings. Installation of missile parts on the launcher. The rocket is preparing to launch. The military - the program participants stand on a wooden platform, watching the rocket launch through telescopes, among them is the curator of the rocket industry Lavrenty Pavlovich Beria. B / w c / t, 1950s. Soldiers at one of the NATO bases. B / w c / t, April 12, 1961, cosmonaut Yu.A. Gagarin in a spacesuit is sitting on the bus, preparing for the flight. 4 part General view of the Soviet rocket "N-1", which was planned to fly to the moon. Academician Vasily Pavlovich Mishin walks through the auditorium at the Moscow Aviation Institute, looking at the installed cabins of spacecraft. Kazakhstan. NDP in the cemetery of missiles, cut into pieces. The roof of the pigsty, built from rocket upholstery, pigs in the paddocks. Chronicle footage: Tsv. c / t, April 11, 1961 S.P. Korolev shakes hands with the first cosmonaut Yu.A. Gagarin before the flight into space, kisses him. c / t, April 14, 1961 Yu.A. Gagarin, N.S. Khrushchev are standing on the podium of the Mausoleum, waving their hands in greeting. Columns of demonstrators are marching along Red Square, people are smiling, carrying banners "GIVE KOSMOS-STROY." Yu.A. Gagarin smiles on the podium. General view of Red Square during a demonstration dedicated to the Soviet man's flight into space. c / t, 1969 The American Apollo spacecraft is preparing to fly to the moon. Astronaut Neil Armstrong in a spacesuit is about to fly to the moon. A group of American astronauts are walking along the corridor. The Apollo 11 spacecraft takes off. Apollo 11 in space. The first footprint of an American astronaut's boot on the moon. The American flag stands on a flagpole on the moon. c / t, November 23, 1972 Baikonur. The last flight of "N-1" (Soviet super-heavy launch vehicle). Participants of the program in the flight observation room worry, looking at the screens. Rocket Industry Minister Sergei Afanasyev looks at the screen. The chief designer of the N-1 rocket, Academician V. P. Mishin, is watching the flight. Fragments of the N-1 rocket on the ground. Tsv. c / t,  Chief designer of space systems Valentin Petrovich Glushko at a meeting in his office, next to him sits his deputy Igor Nikolaevich Sadovsky. B / w c / t, late 1960s. The Soviet soldiers in the bunker are looking at the screens. B / w c / t, 1960s USSR Minister of Defense D.F. Ustinov in a white coat stands among the scientists - rocket scientists, receives a parade on Red Square on November 7, next to the podium is the General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee L.I. Brezhnev 5 part I.N. Sadovsky at his dacha answers the correspondent's question, talks about the activities of V.P. Glushko at the enterprise - the design bureau, which developed rocket systems, about the program for a flight to the moon in the USSR, about the task of creating a lunar settlement. Work in the Korolev design bureau on the Soviet space shuttle. The first developers of Energia and Buran are working on drawings. May 27, 1986 "Flight No. 3" (shooting from the monitor screen). The Soviet space shuttle leaves the hangar (Buran prototype). The shuttle takes off from the runway, flies over the ground. Soviet designers are working on a computer to simulate a space shuttle. Chronicle footage: B / w c / t  V.P. Glushko stands at the rocket engine. c / t, 1970s American spaceships. Work in the US flight observation center. American spaceship "Shuttle". View of the American missile system. The American reusable spacecraft takes off, flies. An American military plane takes off. Part 6 Rocket "Cosmos" leaves the hangar. Installation of the Energia-M rocket skin. Newsreel footage: B / w c / t, 1970s. Winter. The rocket is preparing for takeoff at the cosmodrome. Scientists sit at the monitors in the observatory. Tsv. k / t 1974 -1978 Work on the Energia rocket at the design bureau. Yakov Petrovich Kolyako, head of work on the creation of the Energia rocket, at a meeting with the designers. Chief Designer of the Soyuz and Mir orbital stations Yuri Pavlovich Semenov and Ya.P. Kolyako are at the mock-up of the manned reusable spacecraft "Buran". The chief designer of the Energia rocket, Boris Ivanovich Gubanov, is talking on the phone, talking with a colleague in his office. Scientists are working on the creation of the Buran system. Leto, Baikonur, the rocket is installed before launching into the carrier rocket. The launch complex of the N-1 rocket, rebuilt for the Energia rocket. Builders are considering blueprints for a complex under construction. "Energy" is in the hangar, installation work. Military and scientists are at the rocket, among them is academician Vladimir Pavlovich Barmin. Part 7 General Designer of NPO Energia Yuri Pavlovich Semyonov is sitting at a table in his office, answering the correspondent's questions about the decision to create the Energia and Buran rockets. Dump of missile parts in the Kazakh steppe. Slush. A man in a horse-drawn cart rides through the abyss in a Russian village. Chronicle footage: Tsv. c / t 1987 Baikonur Cosmodrome. Launch sites, Energia launch complex. Mounting test case. Rocket turbines. Reusable space transport system "Energia - Buran" in the hangar. Rockets leave the hangar. Color k / t 1988 The reusable space system "Energia - Buran" is transported on 2 platforms along the railway to the launch site at Baikonur. The Energia-Buran system is being installed in the start-up complex. General view of the reusable transport space system "Energia - Buran" in the launch complex ..