Russian director and crew arrive space station to start the first movie in orbit

At 4.55 a.m. EDT, Roscosmos astronaut Anton Shkaplerov, actress Yulia Peresild, and producer Klim Shipenko were lifted onboard Russia's Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome (2.25 p.m. Tuesday, India time).


On Tuesday, the Russian actress and director embarked on their voyage to orbit to film the world’s first film in space. On Tuesday, actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko boarded a Russian Soyuz spaceship bound for the International Space Station.

At 4.55 a.m. EDT, Roscosmos astronaut Anton Shkaplerov, actress Yulia Peresild, and producer Klim Shipenko have lifted on board Russia’s Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome (2.25 p.m. Tuesday, India time).

The Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft connected to the station’s Rassvet module after a two-orbit mission. It docked at about 8.12 a.m. EDT (5.42 p.m. on Tuesday, India time).

“The contact has been established, and the capture has been confirmed! After only two orbits around the Earth, the #SoyuzMS19 crewed spacecraft has docked to the Russian component of the International Space Station! @Anton Astrey, Klim, and Yulia welcome to the ISS!” The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, made a tweet.

According to NASA, the launch symbolizes the growth of commercial space options to include feature filmmaking.

The hatches between the Soyuz and the station will open about two hours after docking. Expedition 65 Commander Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough, and Megan McArthur, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov will next join the trio aboard.

Under a commercial arrangement between Roscosmos and Moscow-based media firms, Peresild and Shipenko, who are making their first missions into space, will spend 12 days on the space station filming sequences for a movie named “Challenge,” NASA said.

Peresild and Shipenko will return to Earth aboard the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, which is presently docked at the space station, with Novitskiy on October 16 for a parachute-assisted landing on the Kazakh steppe.

Shkaplerov will stay on the station until March when he will board the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft with Vande Hei and Dubrov.

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