After a three-and-a-half-hour journey from the International Space Station, a Soyuz space capsule carrying a cosmonaut and two Russian filmmakers has touched down on the planet.
The capsule, which descended under a parachute with red and white stripes after entering Earth’s atmosphere, landed upright in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 0435 GMT on Sunday, exactly on schedule. On board were Oleg Novitskiy, Yulia Peresild, and Klim Shipenko.
It was on Oct. 5 that actress Peresild and film director Shipenko were launched into space for a 12-day stay to film segments of the movie “Challenge,” in which Peresild plays a surgeon who rushes to the space station to save a crew member who requires an emergency operation in orbit. A sick cosmonaut, played by Novitskiy, who spent more than six months on the International Space Station, will be the focus of the film.
Once they have been removed from the capsule while still strapped in their seats and placed outside to allow them to adjust to the pull of gravity, ground crews will remove the three space travelers from the capsule after the landing, which sent dust plumes flying high into the air. They will then be tak
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