Russian actress, director and cosmonaut returns to Earth after 12 days on the International Space Station to make a film

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Russian actress, director and cosmonaut returns to Earth after 12 days on the International Space Station to make a film


An actress and director are back on Earth after spending nearly two weeks in space making a film about the International Space Station.

Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko emerged from the Russian capsule smiling after landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan with cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky inside.

Two members of the group had climbed into orbit on October 5 for a 12-day stay to film segments of a film called The Challenge, which Russian space agency Roscosmos said would help attract the “crème de la crème” to the world. the area.

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Russian director Klim Shipenko is assisted by ground staff shortly after landing. Photo: Roscosmos via Reuters

The film focuses on the story of a doctor, played by Peresild, who is asked to go to the space station to save the life of a cosmonaut

Roscosmos cosmonauts M. Novitsky and Peter Dubrov, who were already on board the ISS when the crew docked, and Anton Shkaplerov, who traveled to the ISS with Peresild, also participated in the filming of the scenes, which were carried out on site by Shipenko.

In total, around 35 to 40 minutes of screen time should have been filmed in orbit.

Analysts said the Russian film aims to be the first to be shot in space ahead of a Hollywood project announced earlier this year, which involves actor Tom Cruise, NASA and SpaceX.

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Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, Russian actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko are resting after returning to earth. Photo: Roscosmos via Reuters

The capsule landed on time at 5:35 a.m. UK time on Sunday morning after a three-and-a-half-hour journey from the ISS.

Ground crews extracted the three from the capsule and placed them in nearby seats as they adjusted to the pull of gravity before taking them to a medical tent for examination.

All looked healthy and happy with a beaming Peresild holding a large bouquet of white flowers as reporters gathered around her.

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The capsule lands on the Kazakh steppe. Photo: Roscosmos via Reuters

Roscosmos said the actress and director’s recovery will take around a week and their first press conference will be on Tuesday.

Seven astronauts – the Russians M. Shkaplerov and M. Dubrovnik; Americans Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur; Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency; and the Japanese Aki Hoshide – remain aboard the space station.

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