Russian film crew returns to Earth after shooting the first movie in space

Russian film crew returns to Earth after shooting the first movie in space – Filmy One

A Russian actor and a film director have returned to Earth after spending 12 days on the International Space Station shooting scenes for the first film in orbit.

Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko landed early Sunday in the steppe of Kazakhstan, according to images broadcast live by the Russian space agency.

They were returned to solid ground by cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, who had been on the space station for the past six months.

Yulia Peresild is unloaded from the Soyuz capsule after returning from the International Space Station on Sunday.
Yulia Peresild is unloaded from the Soyuz capsule after returning from the International Space Station on Sunday. Photo: ROSCOSMOS/Reuters

“The descent vehicle of the Soyuz MS-18 manned spacecraft is upright and safe. The crew is feeling good!” The Russian space agency Roscosmos tweeted.

The filmmakers had departed from the Russian-rented Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan earlier this month and traveled with veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov to the ISS to film scenes for The Challenge.

If the project stays on track, the Russian crew will beat a Hollywood project announced last year by Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise along with NASA’s SpaceX and Elon Musk.

The plot of the film, which has been largely kept secret along with the budget, revolves around a surgeon who is sent to the ISS to rescue a cosmonaut.

Shkaplerov, 49, is said to have cameo roles in the film along with the two Russian cosmonauts already aboard the ISS.

The mission was not without hiccups.

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Yulia Peresild, left, film director Klim Shipenko, center, and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov speak aboard the ISS. Photo: AP

When the film crew docked at the ISS earlier this month, Shkaplerov had to switch to manual controls.

And when Russian flight controllers conducted a test on the Soyuz spacecraft MS-18 on Friday, the ship’s thruster unexpectedly fired and destabilized the ISS for 30 minutes, a NASA spokesperson told Russia’s TASS news agency.

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Their landing, which was documented by a film crew, will also be featured in the film, Konstantin Ernst, the head of the Kremlin-friendly Channel One TV network and a co-producer of The Challenge, told AFP.

The mission will be added to a long list of firsts for the Russian space industry.

The Soviets launched the first satellite, Sputnik, and sent the first animal into orbit, a dog named Laika, the first man, Yuri Gagarin, and the first woman, Valentina Tereshkova.

But compared to the Soviet era, modern Russia has struggled to innovate and the space industry is fighting to secure state funding, with the Kremlin prioritizing military spending.

The Soyuz MS-18 space capsule lands in a dust cloud in Kazakhstan.
The Soyuz MS-18 space capsule lands in a dust cloud in Kazakhstan. Photo: ROSCOSMOS/Reuters

The space agency still relies on Soviet-designed technology and has faced a number of setbacks, including corruption scandals and launch failures.

Russia is also lagging behind in the global space race, with stiff competition from the US and China, and Beijing shows growing ambitions in the industry.

Russia’s Roscosmos also took a hit after SpaceX successfully delivered astronauts to the ISS last year, ending Moscow’s monopoly on travel to the orbital station.

In an effort to brighten its image and diversify its revenue, Russia’s space program revealed this year that it will revive its tourism plan to bring paying adventurers to the ISS.

After a 10-year hiatus, Russia will send two Japanese tourists — including billionaire Yusaku Maezawa — to the ISS in December, marking the end of a landmark year for amateur space travel.

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