As much as I wish a) these were real ads b) they actually did send a Lada Niva with a roof-mounted cargo box to the Mir and c) there actually were Nivas here in the US, none of these things are true. Still, that doesn't make these parody ads from the University of Television and Film in Munich (HFF München) any less terrific.

The ads follow two jaded Cosmonauts on a mission to Mir in a Niva instead of the usual Soyuz. They capture the jaded, ramshackle nature of the old Soviet/Russian space program incredibly well.

These are great. Enjoy.