Veteran Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, actor Yulia Peresild and filmmaker Klim Shipenko will travel to the International Space Station Feather Tuesday. Peresild and Shipenko will film segments for the film “Challenge” – the first feature film set in space.
Three astronauts blast off aboard the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:55 a.m. Tuesday. The fast Soyuz is expected to deliver them to the space station around 8:12 a.m.
The current crew on the space station, including European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough and Megan MacArthur, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov, all three would welcome. Rider when the hatch opens at approximately 9:30
It is a short stay for first-time space station visitors Peresild and Shipenko, who will spend 12 days filming the space station before returning to Earth on October 16. They will be joined by Nowitzki on their return journey.
Shkaplerov will remain aboard the space station and return to Earth in March with Vande Hei and Dubrov on the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft. When Vande Hei will land on the space station after 355 consecutive days, she will have completed the longest solo space flight by an astronaut in American history, according to NASA.
Some films have been shot on the space station, including a 2002 IMAX documentary narrated by Tom Cruise. “Apogee of Fear”, a 2012 science fiction film that ran at about eight minutes, was filmed in space by Richard Garriott, the astronaut and the astronaut’s son.
But Russia is about to become the first country to shoot a feature film in space.
Peresild and Shipenko, who are well-known in Russia, were selected by the country’s space agency Roscosmos after opening a competition for applicants in November. Peresild has appeared in several Russian films and TV series, while it was one of Russia’s highest-grossing films.
Both the civilians underwent rigorous training before the space journey. Along with the students, the actor and director prepared by doing centrifuge and vibration stand tests, training flights in zero gravity, and parachute training, all of which were covered by Channel One.
The crew has practiced photography and filming and are using the equipment they will interact with on the space station.
The other astronauts on board, including Nowitzki, will assist and act as part of the film crew as their resources are more limited in the space environment. Astronauts’ schedules on the space station are already well choreographed so that they can work on experiments and oversee necessary maintenance tasks and other priorities.
Jackie Wattles, Olga Pavlova and Sarah Spari contributed to this report.
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