The spacecraft will undergo deorbitation at 11:42 p.m. and perform a parachute-assisted landing on the Kazakhstan Steppe at 12:36 a.m. ET (10:36 a.m. Kazakhstan time) on October 17.
Helicopters will pick up the crew and deliver them to Karaganda, Kazakhstan, and then fly to Star City training base in Russia via a plane.
The crew’s return to Earth follows a scheduled thruster firing test of the Soyuz spacecraft on Friday morning while still docked at the space station. At 5:13 a.m. ET Friday, the thruster firing unexpectedly continued after the test was scheduled to end. This resulted in a loss of control of the orientation of the space station.
Shkaplerov will remain on the space station and return to Earth in March with NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Roscosmos cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrovnik aboard the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft. By the time Vande Hei lands after his 355 consecutive days on the space station, he will have completed the longest astronaut’s space flight in US history, according to NASA.
Novitskiy’s return to Earth on Sunday morning comes after spending 191 days in space on his third mission, and he will have spent 531 days in space on three separate flights.
In addition to Shkaplerov, Vande Hei, and Dubrovnik, the current space station crew includes European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet; NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur; and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide.
Filming in space
A few movies have been shot aboard the space station, including a 2002 IMAX documentary that Tom Cruise narrated. “Apogee of Fear,” a 2012 sci-fi film lasting about eight minutes, was also shot in space by entrepreneur and space tourist Richard Garriott, the son of an astronaut.
But Russia has become the first nation to shoot a feature film in space.
Peresild and Shipenko, well known in Russia, were selected after the country’s space agency Roscosmos opened a competition for applications in November ((2020?)). Peresild has appeared in a number of Russian films and TV series, while Shipenko’s 2020 film “Serf” was one of the highest grossing films in Russia.
The two civilians underwent rigorous training before their space trip. In addition to the liners, the actor and director prepared by performing centrifuge and vibration support tests, weightless training flights, and parachute training, all covered by Channel One.
Other cosmonauts on board, including Novitskiy, helped out and were part of the film crew as production resources were more limited in the space environment.
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