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Polish cosmonaut Mirosław Hermaszewski said, that every russian and Interkosmos cosmonaut was obliged to watch "White Sun of the Desert" before flight. For example his captain, Klimuk, had to watch this third time before they flown to space (http://wyborcza.pl/1,75480,5337463,Polak_z_Sojuza.html - atricle in polish). Maybe this version contained some subliminal messages to improve mental condition ? Or it has simply very good influence on the people's mind ? Sorry for my english. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 15:56, 28 June 2008 (UTC)
It is kind of a semi-official tradition, a lucky charm. How it started is not very clear, at least two versions are mentioned in RuWiki article on the movie. 220.127.116.11 (talk) 13:29, 6 August 2016 (UTC)
The poster is primitive and inaccurate (it shows Sukhov on top, whereas Sukhov never rides a horse or shoots a rifle at anyone in the film); the DVD cover portrays him and Sayid much more realistically.
I can't find any evidence that the poster was actually used by Moslfilm or Motyl, only that it was drawn for the movie in 1970. Materialscientist (talk) 03:02, 25 December 2012 (UTC)