Russians Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko, who shot scenes from films in space, return to Earth

A Russian actor and director making the first space film is back on Earth after spending 12 days on the International Space Station (ISS).

The Soyuz MS-18 space capsule carrying Russian ISS crew member Oleg Novitskiy and filmmakers Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko landed on Sunday morning in a remote area of ​​western Kazakhstan.

Russian state television footage showed the capsule descending under its parachute over large open fields, followed by ground personnel helping the smiling crew exit the capsule.

Actor Peresild and director Shipenko flew to the space station on October 5 for a 12-day stay to film segments of the upcoming film, Challenge.

In the film, Peresild plays a surgeon who must rush to the space station to save a crew member in need of an urgent operation in orbit.

Best known for her role in the 2015 film Battle for Sevastopol, Peresild said she regretted leaving the ISS.

The Soyuz MS-18 capsule landed vertically in a regional area near Kazakhstan. (Roscosmos Space Agency via AP)

“It had seemed like 12 days was such a long time, but when it all ended, I didn’t want to say goodbye,” she said.

Last week, American actor William Shatner, Captain James Kirk of Star Trek, became the oldest person in space, having been on a rocket flown by billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company.

Peresild and Shipenko have since been sent to Russian Star City, home of the Russian space program, for a week of post-flight recovery.

Other scenes remain to be shot on Earth for the film, which does not yet have a release date.

Seven astronauts remain on board the ISS: the Russians Anton Shkaplerov and Piotr Dubrovnik; Americans Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur; Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency; and the Japanese Aki Hoshide.


Andrea G. Henderson