Russian actress Yulia Peresild and Russian producer-director Klim Shipenko are saying goodbye to the International Space Station on Saturday, October 16, before their return to Earth aboard the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft which will be controlled by Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos.
Peresild and Shipenko arrived at the station on October 5, aboard the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft with Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov. They stayed for 12 days, which they used to film their upcoming movie ‘Challenge,’ the first feature-length film to be shot in outer space. During their stay at the ISS, they served as spaceflight participants.
Novitskiy returns to Earth after 191 days in space on his third mission that spanned 3,056 Earth orbits.
When the Soyuz undocks, Expedition 66 will formally begin aboard the station. Remaining aboard the orbiting outpost will be commander Thomas Pesquet of European Space Agency, NASA’s astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, and Mark Vande Hei, as well as Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov. Mandatory credit: NASA TV