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Russian actress and director returns to Earth after filming the first film in space

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Russian actress and director returns to Earth after filming the first film in space

Moscow: A Russian actress and film director returned to Earth Sunday after spending 12 days on the International Space Station (ISS) shooting scenes for the first film in orbit.

Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 0436 GMT as planned, according to live footage from the Russian space agency.

They were brought back to the mainland by cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, who had spent the past six months on the space station.

“The descent vehicle of the manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-18 is upright and safe. The crew are feeling good!” The Russian space agency Roskosmos tweeted.

The filmmakers had left the Baikonur Cosmodrome in former Soviet Kazakhstan, leased by Russia, earlier this month and traveled to the ISS with experienced cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov to shoot scenes for “The Challenge”.

If the project stays on track, the Russian crew will hit a Hollywood project announced last year by Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise, NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

The plot of the film, which was largely kept under lock and key along with the budget, revolves around a surgeon who is dispatched to the ISS to rescue a cosmonaut.

Shkaplerov, 49, is said to have cameo roles in the film along with the two Russian cosmonauts who were already on board the ISS.

The mission was not without its small problems.

When the film team docked at the ISS earlier this month, Shkaplerov had to switch to manual control.

And when Russian air traffic controllers carried out a test on the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft on Friday, the ship’s engine ignited unexpectedly and destabilized the ISS for 30 minutes, a NASA spokesman told the Russian news agency TASS.

However, the spokesman confirmed that the departure would proceed as planned.

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