Russian filmmakers who filmed the first fiction film in space returned to Earth | They spent 12 days on the International Space Station

Russian actress and film director who traveled to the International Space Station (ISS) to shoot in 12 days the first fictional movie in space they returned to earth this Sunday.

Yulia Peresild, 37, and the director Climb Shipenko, 38, along with cosmonaut Oleg Novitski traveled in the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft that landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan this morning, as reported by the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

“The descent of the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft was done vertically and it is safe. The crew is fine,” Roscosmos said on Twitter.

When leaving the ship, Shipenko waved to the cameras and the people present, before being brought in for a medical check-up.

Yulia Peresild, who plays the lead role in the film, He left with the help of the ship, to applause, before receiving a bouquet of flowers.

“We landed very well today. Oleg is great. It’s not scary to fly with him. In fact, I’m a little sad today because it seemed to us that 12 days was a long time, but when everything was ending, it was difficult to say goodbye. After all, it is Of course it was a once in a lifetime opportunity, “said the actress, which was selected in a casting in which more than 3,000 applicants were submitted.

Cosmonaut Novitsky, who was the first to leave the ship, was greeted by the head of Roscosmos, Dmitri Rogozin, who told him: “Everything is fine!”

Russian filmmakers they had departed for the ISS on October 5 from the Russian space base of Baikonur, in Kazakhstan, accompanied by cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov.

The film space race

The movie, which has the provisional title of “The challenge”, is the first to be filmed in space. The Russian filmmakers thus anticipated a similar project that had been announced by American actor Tom Cruise. in collaboration with NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX company, who also develops tourist trips to space and competes against other entrepreneurs such as Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson.

“The challenge” will tell the story of a surgeon (Peresild) aboard the ISS who must save an astronaut.

The return to Earth was recorded by a camera crew and will also appear in the film, Konstantin Ernst, owner of the Russian chain Pervy Kanal, which co-produces the film, told AFP.

In addition to this feature film, Roscosmos also plans to bring a Japanese billionaire to the ISS and thus participate in the business of space tourism.

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