I really enjoyed watching this Russian video. I have copied the official blurb from the TD site, but here are some other highlights:
Evnvironmental pollution as seen from space
Fascinating experiments with plasma
Preparing mind and body
Co-operation between Russians and Americans on the ISS -- what JFK dreamed about (I still wonder how they talk to each other though because they do not share a common language).
What it really feels like (gravity, weightlessness, acceleration, fear).
Some of the video is from training sessions.
I enjoyed the warm real intimacy of the film, and yes, I do think these cosmonauts are heroes and that each of us has the capability of being a hero within us.
PS I have a lot to discover about plasma!9 Minutes Before Space is Russian television production on preparations made by first time cosmonaut at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan!
This documentary shows many aspects of the spaceflight, including some quite unique things like view of inside the Soyuz capsule during its reentry, how space technologies come back to Earth to resolve some problems here on the ground, the view from the top of the fueled Soyuz rocket ready to go, and some other interesting stuff.
The program captures cosmonautís immediate experience in a powerful way. A cosmonaut describes experience of extra gravity, during ascent, as a warm blanket coming over you and after a while just canít seem to catch your breath.
Everyday events on the International Space Station are described much more intimately than ever seen!