Russian filmmakers land back on Earth after Space Station shoot

Russian filmmakers have landed back on Earth after completing a 12-day International Space Station shoot.

A Soyuz space capsule carrying a cosmonaut and two Russian filmmakers has landed after departing for a 3 1/2-hour trip from the International Space Station. The capsule, displayed a red-and-white striped parachute after it entered the Earth’s atmosphere, landing upright in the steppes of Kazakhstan on schedule at 04:35 am GMT on Sunday, October 17, with Oleg Novitskiy, Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko aboard.

Actress Peresild and film director Shipenko rocketed to the space station on October 5 for a 12-day stint to film segments of a movie titled “Challenge,” in which a surgeon played by Peresild rushes to the space station to save a crew member who needs an urgent operation in orbit. After the landing, all three appeared healthy.

“I’m feeling a bit sad today. It seemed that 12 days would be a lot, but I did not want to leave when everything was over,” Peresild said on state TV.

Novitskiy, who spent more than six months aboard the space station, is to star as the ailing cosmonaut in the movie.

After the landing, which sent plumes of dust flying high in the air, ground crews extracted the three space flyers from the capsule and placed them in seats set up nearby as they adjusted to the pull of gravity. The transfer to the medical tent was delayed for about 10 minutes while crews filmed several takes of Peresild and Novitskiy in their seats, which are to be included in the movie.

 


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