After a 12-day expedition, Russian actor and director making first film in space return to Earth

The International Space Station crew member Russian film director Klim Shipenko is assisted by ground personnel shortly after landing in a remote area outside Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Roscosmos/Handout via REUTERS

After spending 12 days on the International Orbit Station, a Russian actor and a film director making the first motion picture in space returned to Earth on Sunday (ISS).

The Russian space agency Roscosmos said the Soyuz MS-18 space capsule carrying Russian ISS crewmembers Oleg Novitskiy, Yulia Peresild, and Klim Shipenko landed in a remote location in western Kazakhstan at 07:35 a.m. (0435 GMT).

Three hours ago, the crew had undocked from the ISS.

According to Russian official television footage, the reentry capsule descended under its parachute above the vast Kazakh steppe, followed by ground troops supporting the joyful crew as they emerged from the capsule.

Peresild, well known for her performance in the 2015 film "Battle for Sevastopol," expressed regret leaving the ISS.

After the landing, the 37-year-old actor told Russian Channel One, "I'm in a bit of a sad mood today,"

"That's because it had seemed that 12 days was such a long period of time, but when it was all over, I didn't want to bid farewell," she explained.

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Peresild and Shipenko have been flown to Russian Star City, the home of Russia's space program on the outskirts of Moscow, for post-flight recuperation, which Roscosmos estimates will take about a week.

Publish : 2021-10-17 20:30:00

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