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Central Station | 18 Oct 2021

A Russian actress and a film director returned to Earth yesterday after 12 days on the International Space Station to shoot scenes for the first movie in orbit.

Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko landed as scheduled on Kazakhstan's steppe after being ferried back by Oleg Novitsky, who was on the ISS for six months. They had blasted off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan, going to the ISS with veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov to film scenes for The Challenge. The plot centers around a surgeon sent up to save a cosmonaut.

Shkaplerov and two Russians already on the ISS have cameo roles.

If the schedule stays on track the Russians will beat a Hollywood project involving Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise, NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX.

The mission was not without hitches: as the film pair docked at the ISS Shkaplerov had to go switch to manual control. And when controllers on Friday ran a test on the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft its thruster fired unexpectedly and destabilized the ISS.

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