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Russian film crew prepares to return to Earth after wrapping up first film in space

CA, 17 Oct 2021
After wrapping up production of the first movie in space, a Russian film crew and cosmonaut bid farewell to the Expedition 65 crew at the International Space Station on Saturday as they prepared to ride the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft back to Earth.

Russian actress Yulia Peresild, producer-director Klim Shipenko and cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy went through the hatch and into the Soyuz around 20:35 GMT. They are expected to undock from the station's Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module at 01:35 GMT on Sunday for a parachute-assisted landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan, according to NASA.

Peresild and Shipenko filmed scenes for their movie "the Challenge '' in which Peresild plays a doctor, who travels to the space station to save a cosmonaut's life.

The project has Russia beating the U.S. in the latest chapter in the space race - movie making.

Last year, NASA announced plans for Hollywood star Tom Cruise to blast off on a SpaceX rocket for a yet-to-be-named film.

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