At the Baikonur cosmodrome , in theese pre-dawn hours, all the operations connected
with the preparations for the flight had been completed. The rocket with its spaceship
stood at the ready, held secure by the long supporting arms. It shone whitely in the
surrounding darkness, lit by floodlights and powerful reflectorlamps attached to the
framework of the eve of the servicing structure. And just as on the eve of a major assault,
of a crucial battle, the engineers, scientists and doctors spent a tense, sleepless night...