The Russian film crew returns safely after filming on the ISS – .

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The Russian film crew returns safely after filming on the ISS – .


Members of the Russian Space Agency's rescue team help actress Yulia Peresild escape the capsule shortly after the Russian Soyuz MS-18 space capsule lands.

Members of the Russian Space Agency’s rescue team help actress Yulia Peresild escape the capsule shortly after the Russian Soyuz MS-18 space capsule lands.
photo: Roscosmos Space Agency (PA)

The Russian film crew who traveled to the International Space Station to film scenes from the first film that was shot partially in space returned to Earth safely on Sunday. This milestone will potentially give the Russian film industry a small victory over Hollywood, who also aims to shoot a movie on the ISS with Tom Cruise in the future.

On Saturday, actress Yulia Peresild, director Klim Shipenko and Oleg Novitsky, an actual cosmonaut who has been on the ISS since April and also played a role in the film.returned to Earth aboard a Russian Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft. They landed without incident in the Kazakhstan desert at 10:35 a.m. local time after a journey of about three hours.

In total, Peresild and Shipenko spent 12 days in space filming scenes from their movie. The challenge, in which Peresild depicts an operating surgeon preparing for a flight to the ISS to save a sick cosmonaut (would have played by Novitsky) life.

“The Soyuz MS-18 crewed spacecraft descent vehicle is upright and secure. The crew is feeling good! Russian space agency Roscosmos, which is part of the joint film project, said the Twitter, according to a translation by AFP.

Russian space agency cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, center, actress Yulia Peresild, left, and director Klim Shipenko sit in chairs shortly after the Russian Soyuz MS-18 space capsule lands.

Russian space agency cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, center, actress Yulia Peresild, left, and director Klim Shipenko sit in chairs shortly after the Russian Soyuz MS-18 space capsule lands.
Image: Roscosmos Space Agency (PA)

In fact, the crew must have been kind of feeling good, because they weren’t done filming. The Earth crew immediately got to work as Russian officials helped Peresild, Shipenko, and Novitsky out of the MS-18 capsule. The New York Times reported that a producer could be seen shouting instructions over the landing livestream provided by Roscosmos and NASA.

“Guys, please let us do some filming,” the producer said. “Please don’t do any filming on your smartphones. Don’t take any video, because right now, that’s actually the future end of the movie.

This ending apparently included at least four takes of a scene in which an actor greets Novitsky then proceeds approach Peresild to kiss his hand. In one of those takes, Peresild looked at Novitsky and winked at him with a smile, the Times reported. The crew will now participate in a 10-day rehabilitation program to help them recover from the effects of life in space.

Even if The challenge is a dramatic film, the film crew is unlikely to expect any real drama aboard the ISS. On Friday, the ISS was flipped out of position during a test MS-18 engines, which fired longer than expected. Fortunately, Russian and NASA officials were able to correct the positioning of the ISS in 30 minutes.

The scenes may have been shot, but the battle for the first space movie isn’t over yet. Although Russia is ahead of Hollywood in the race, it still has to finish the film.



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