The Russian actress and film director, who spent 12 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS) filming the first feature film in space, returned safely to Earth on Sunday morning (17).
Actress Yulia Peresild, the actress who starred in the film and was chosen from among 3,000 candidates, was pulled from the machine to applause – Photo: Handout/Russian Space Agency Roscomos/AFP
The Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, carrying 37-year-old actress Yulia Peresild and 38-year-old director Klim Shipenko with cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, landed in Kazakhstan at 4:36 am (1:36 am GMT) . According to the images transmitted by the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
When he got off the ship, looking tired and smiling, he greeted the cameras and people on hand with one hand, before being taken for a medical examination.
Russian film crew returns to Earth after 12 days in space
Yulia Peresild, the actress who starred in the film and was chosen from among 3,000 candidates, took out the machine to applaud before receiving a bouquet of flowers.
The actress said she was “sad” to leave the International Space Station.
“It seemed like 12 days would be a very long time, but when it was over I didn’t want to leave,” he told Russian television. “It is a unique experience.”
The head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, greeted the cosmonaut Novitsky, who was the first to leave the ship, and said to him: “It’s okay!”
Russian director and actress begins shooting a movie in space
Actress Yulia Peresild during recording on the International Space Station (ISS) – Photo: EyePress News / EyePress via AFP
You are Russian filmmakers left for the International Space Station on October 5 From the Russian Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, accompanied by cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov.
Rogozin previously posted photos of his crew as they headed to the landing site in ten helicopters.
“It’s a formidable task. We are glad that the crew feels good, it is comfortable. The ship did not fall sideways, and it is better to retreat,” Rogozin said.
With the initial title “Challenge”, the film managed to bypass a similar project from the United States, led by Hollywood star Tom Cruise.
Russian actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko set out to shoot their first space movie on Tuesday (5) – Photo: Roscosmos space agency via AP
The Russian film will feature a surgeon aboard the International Space Station who must rescue an astronaut.
In addition to Shkaplerov, two other cosmonauts also appear as extras.
This project reminds, to some extent, of the space rivalry between the Soviet Union and the United States, 60 years after the Soviet Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space.
The Russian agency Roscosmos unveiled this project last year, after announcing the filming of the Tom Cruise movie, which was promoted in cooperation with NASA and Elon Musk’s subsidiary SpaceX.
The flight of Russian filmmakers to the International Space Station has not been without accidents. Shkaplerov had to dock the ship manually in the space lab.
As Russian observers on Friday tested the Soyuz MS-18 capsule that was supposed to bring them back to Earth this weekend, the engines suddenly energized, changing the location of the International Space Station, without posing any danger.
Director Klim Shpenko during recording at the International Space Station (ISS) – Photo: EyePress News/EyePress via AFP
Shipenko began recording before he reached the International Space Station. The beginning of her recording took place during the pairing, where she helped the actress Shkaplerov.
His return to the blue planet was recorded by a camera crew and he will also appear in the film, explained to AFP Konstantin Ernst, owner of Russian producer Pervi Canal, who co-produced the film.
This project has thrived in a time of space euphoria from the non-scientific sectors, with recreational flights into space proliferating in recent months, such as those by American billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos.
The Russian space sector, which was the jewel in the crown of the Soviet Union by sending the first man and woman into space, has been shaken in recent years by corruption scandals and technical failures, and lost its monopoly on cosmonauts on the International Space Station.
Roscosmos hopes this film will improve its image.
Although space missions often generate images, from human first steps on the moon in 1969 to the social media posts of French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, no fictional movie has ever been filmed in space.
In addition to this feature film, Roscosmos is also planning to take a Japanese billionaire to the International Space Station and thus participate in the space tourism business.
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