The Russian actress and director, who spent 12 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to shoot the first film in space, landed on Earth Sunday morning.
The Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft carrying actress Yulia Peressild, director Klim Chipenko and cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky arrived in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 4:36 a.m., the scheduled time, according to images broadcast live by the Russian space agency.
The boss of the Russian space agency Dmitry Rogozin for his part published before the return to Earth photographs of his team en route to the scene of the landing aboard ten helicopters.
The Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft carrying the crew of the first film in space is about to land in the steppes of Kazakhstan. [Sergei Savostyanov / POOL / Sputnik – AFP]
Competition with the United States
Ahead of a competing American project with Tom Cruise, Yulia Peressild, 37, and Klim Chipenko, 38, took off on October 5 from the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, alongside veteran cosmonaut Anton Chkaplerov.
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Their film, provisionally titled “The Challenge”, will feature a surgeon going aboard the ISS with the mission of saving the life of a cosmonaut.
A screenshot from a video by Russian space agency Roscosmos shows cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy (center), Russian actress Yulia Peresild (left) and director Klim Shipenko (right) resting on chairs after the landing of the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft. [Russian Space Agency Roscosmos – AFP]
In a context of Russo-American rivalry, this cinematographic adventure also takes on the appearance of a new race for exploits in space, 60 years after the first man was put into orbit by the USSR, Yuri Gagarin.
This initiative comes in the midst of the non-scientific rush for space, with the increase in recent months of leisure flights, such as those of British billionaires Richard Branson and American Jeff Bezos.
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