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...
At last everything was ready.