Russian Crew Returns to Earth After Filming First Movie in Space

A Russian film crew safely returned to Earth after wrapping up the scenes for the first film shot in space.

Russian producer-director Klim Shipenko, actress Yulia Peresild, and cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy landed southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan on Oct. 17 at 10:35 a.m. local time, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States.

The crew departed the International Space Station (ISS) in their Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft on Oct. 16 at 9:14 p.m., NASA added.

ISS uploaded a video on Twitter showing the touchdown of the spacecraft.

Helicopters brought the crew to Karaganda, Kazakhstan to board an aircraft to take them at a training base in Star City, Russia where they will undergo a 10-day rehab program to help them adjust to life on Earth after spending 12 days in space.

The crew arrived at the ISS on Oct. 5 to film scenes for the movie, “Challenge,” which tells the story of a surgeon who has to operate on a cosmonaut in space because his medical condition prevents him from being treated on Earth.

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