Russians back on Earth after filming first movie in space

A Russian actress and a movie director returned to Earth Sunday after spending 12 days on the International Space Station (ISS) capturing scenes for the first movie in orbit.

Yulia Peresild, 37, and Klim Shipenko, 38, landed as scheduled on Kazakhstan’s steppe at 0436 GMT, in keeping with footage broadcast reside by Russia’s Roscosmos space company.

Shipenko appeared distressed however smiling as he exited the capsule, waving his hand to cameras earlier than being carried off by medical staff for an examination.

Peresild, who performs the movie’s starring function and was chosen from some 3,000 candidates, was extracted from the capsule to applause and a bouquet of flowers.

The actress stated she is “sad” to have left the ISS.

“It seemed that 12 days was a lot, but when it was all over, I didn’t want to leave,” she informed Russian tv.

“This is a one-time experience.”

The group was ferried back to terra firma by cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, who had been on the space station for the previous six months. 

twenty first century space race

The filmmakers had blasted off from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in ex-Soviet Kazakhstan earlier this month, travelling to the ISS with veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov to movie scenes for “The Challenge”. 

If the mission stays on observe, the Russian crew will beat a Hollywood mission introduced final yr by Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise along with NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

The Russian movie’s plot, which has been largely saved beneath wraps together with its funds, centres round a surgeon who’s dispatched to the ISS to save lots of a cosmonaut.

Shkaplerov, 49, together with the 2 Russian cosmonauts who have been already aboard the ISS are stated to have cameo roles in the movie.

The mission was not with out small hitches.

As the movie crew docked on the ISS earlier this month, Shkaplerov needed to change to handbook management. 

And when Russian flight controllers on Friday performed a check on the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft the ship’s thruster fired unexpectedly and destabilised the ISS for half-hour, a NASA spokesman informed the Russian information company TASS.

The group’s touchdown, which was documented by a movie crew, may even characteristic in the movie, Konstantin Ernst, the top of the Kremlin-friendly Channel One TV community and a co-producer of The Challenge, informed AFP.

Russian firsts

The mission will add to a protracted checklist of firsts for Russia’s space trade.

The Soviets launched the first satellite tv for pc Sputnik, and despatched into orbit the first animal, a canine named Laika, the first man, Yuri Gagarin and the first lady, Valentina Tereshkova.

But in contrast with the Soviet period, trendy Russia has struggled to innovate, and its space trade is combating to safe state funding with the Kremlin prioritising army spending. 

Its space company continues to be reliant on Soviet-designed know-how and has confronted a lot of setbacks, together with corruption scandals and botched launches.

Russia can also be falling behind in the worldwide space race, dealing with powerful competitors from the United States and China, with Beijing exhibiting rising ambitions in the trade.

Russia’s Roscosmos was additionally dealt a blow after SpaceX final yr efficiently delivered astronauts to the ISS, ending Moscow’s monopoly for journeys to the orbital station. 

In a bid to spruce up its picture and diversify its income, Russia’s space programme revealed this yr that it is going to be reviving its tourism plan to ferry fee-paying adventurers to the ISS. 

After a decade-long pause, Russia will ship two Japanese vacationers — together with billionaire Yusaku Maezawa — to the ISS in December, capping a yr that has been a milestone for newbie space journey.

Follow SAMAA English on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.