Russian actor and director making his first space film returns to Earth after 12-day mission

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Crew members Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko answer questions behind a glass wall during a press conference ahead of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on October 4, 2021. Image: Andrey Shelepin / GCTC / Roscosmos via Reuters

MOSCOW – A Russian actor and director directing the first space film returned to Earth on Sunday after spending 12 days on the International Space Station (ISS).

The Soyuz MS-18 space capsule carrying Russian ISS crew member Oleg Novitskiy, Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko landed in a remote area outside of western Kazakhstan at 07:35 (04:35 GMT), a announced the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

The crew had disembarked from the ISS three hours earlier.

Russian state television footage showed the re-entry capsule descending under its parachute over the vast Kazakh steppe, followed by ground personnel helping the smiling crew exit the capsule.

However, Peresild, who is best known for her role in the 2015 film “Battle for Sevastopol,” said she was sorry to leave the ISS.

“I’m in a bit of a sad mood today,” the 37-year-old actor told Russian Channel 1 after landing.

“That’s because it seemed like 12 days to me was such a long time, but when it all ended, I didn’t want to say goodbye.”

Last week 90-year-old American actor William Shatner, Captain James Kirk of “Star Trek” celebrity, became the oldest person in space aboard a rocket piloted by billionaire Jeff’s company. Bezos, Blue Origin.

Peresild and Shipenko have been sent to Russian Star City, the headquarters of the Russian space program on the outskirts of Moscow for their recovery after the flight which will take about a week, Roscosmos said. JB

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