“Kinoekipazh” transferred to the Soyuz spacecraft to return to Earth
Director Klim Shipenko, actress Yulia Peresild, as well as cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky moved from the ISS to the Soyuz spacecraft, which will soon send them to Earth, NASA reported.
The space agency noted that the “movie crew” said goodbye to the Russians Peter Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov who remained at the station, the Americans Mark Vande Hai, Shane Kimbrow and Megan MacArthur, the Japanese Akihiko Hoshide and the Frenchman Tom Pesquet. The hatches between the Nauka module and the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft were closed at 23:41.
After the crew is convinced of the tightness of the hatches, puts on spacesuits and takes places in the descent vehicle, the Soyuz will go to Earth. Undocking from the ISS is scheduled for 4:14 Moscow time, and landing at 7:35 Moscow time. The ship should land 148 kilometers southeast of the Kazakh city of Zhezkazgan. Special amphibious vehicles have already moved into the landing area.
Shipenko and Peresild spent 12 days in space. Roscosmos said that they filmed most of the materials for the picture with the tentative title “Challenge”.