The Soyuz capsule with the astronaut and two members of the Russian film crew landed on Earth today after a journey of three and a half hours from the International Space Station.

The capsule, which landed under a red-and-white parachute after entering the Earth’s atmosphere, landed upright on the Kazakh steppes, as predicted today at 6.35 Central European time. Astronaut Oleg Nowicki, actress Julia Peresild and director Kim Shipenko were on the plane.

Peresild and Shipenko arrived at the International Space Station on October 5 for a 12-day recording of parts of the movie “Challenge” in which a surgeon played by Peresild on the space station tries to rescue a crew member undergoing emergency surgery in orbit need. Novicki, who spent more than six months on the space station, plays a sick astronaut in the film.

After landing, ground personnel removed the three of them from the capsule and placed them on the prepared seats while adjusting to gravity, and then transferred them to the medical tent for examination. All three look healthy and cheerful.

Seven astronauts have stayed on the International Space Station: the Russians Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov, the Americans Mark Vande Hey, Shane Kimbro and Megan McArthur, Toma Preske of the European Space Agency and the Japanese Aki Hoshide.


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