The Soyuz MS-18 manned spacecraft makes landfall in the Kazakh steppe

The Russian manned ship Soyuz MS-18 landed this sunday smoothly in the steppe of Kazakhstan, according to images broadcast live by Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos.

On board the descent capsule returned to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) the Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitski and the members of the first space film expedition, the actress Yulia Peresild and the director Klim Shipenko, both also Russians.

The Soyuz made landfall at 04.35 GMT about 150 kilometers southeast the Kazakh city of Zheskangán, as planned.

“The crew is fine!”Roscomos reported on Twitter immediately after landing.

The crew of the Soyuz MS-18 were received ashore by the director of Roscosmos, Dmitri Rogozin.

The first to be evacuated from the capsule was Novitsky, its commander. This was followed by Shipenko, who in her first statements to the press said that “Take off and landing are impressive sensations.”

Peresild was the last to leave. Smiling, assisted by doctors, the actress pointed out that the time he was there seemed little on the orbital platform.

Together with Shipenko stayed 12 days in the ISS, where they filmed a large part of the sequences of the fiction feature film “The Challenge”, a joint production of Roscosmos, the First Federal Television Channel and the Yellow, Black and White studio.

The plot of the film revolves around a surgeon, played by Peresild, who flies urgently into space after a short period of training to assist a cosmonaut, a role played by Novitski.

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According to the project, material shot in space will be used to produce about a third of the film, 30-35 minutes, while the rest of the sequences will be filmed on the ground.

Novitsky also participates in the film, completed a mission of just over six months on board of the orbital platform, in which the Russians Anton Skpaklerov and Piotr Dubrov, the Americans Mark Vande Hei, Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, the French Thomas Pesquet and the Japanese Akihiko Hoshide remain.

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