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“Everything was at the limit of human capacity”: The Russian film crew explains how they filmed the first film in orbit

Actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko have shared with MRT their pioneering experience of shooting a film in space after returning to earth this Sunday from the International Space Station (ISS), where they have stayed for 12 days.

Peresild assures that his odyssey in space has left him “a great impression“, although he acknowledged that after landing, his body still does not quite understand what is happening.” Everything is very heavy here, the head, arms and legs, everything spins me a little“, Explain.

Likewise, Peresild pointed out that it is one thing to train for flight in a simulator, and quite another to experience it all in real life. The actress acknowledged that during filming in orbit “everything was at the limit of human capacity”as Peresild and Shipenko prepared for the trip in just four months.

For his part, the director of the film, which is entitled ‘Vyzov’ (Challenge, in Russian), stressed that the entire team “enjoyed” the trip and had “absolutely cosmic sensations”. According to the director, they managed to film all the scenes and the astronauts of the ISS participated with pleasure “in all the crazy things” of the team.

For his part, the head of Roscosmos, Dmitri Rogozin, said that this experience will help send non-professional astronauts to space. “It has given us a lot of experience,” said Rogozin, stressing that Roscosmos will now be able to quickly prepare people who are far from the space realm.

The Russian film crew and cosmonaut Oleg Novitski returned to Earth this Sunday in the spacecraft Soyuz MS-18, which undocked from the ISS at 1:14 UTC. The landing of the three took place at 4:35 UTC in a remote area of ​​Kazakhstan in the vicinity of the Kazakh town of Zhezkazgan.

Accumulation of records

The filming of the film is not the only milestone associated with the visit of the Russian film crew to the ISS, during which, for the first time in more than 20 years, a Russian spacecraft transported a crew fully composed of Russian citizens. On previous occasions, Russian mission crews always included foreign astronauts. It should also be mentioned that at the controls of the spacecraft was just a professional cosmonaut.

For her part, Peresild has become the first actress to fly into space and the first person of Estonian descent to fly into space, ahead of the American candidate, Nicole Mann, also of Estonian descent. Meanwhile, to Shipenko, who measures 1’89 meters, corresponds to the record of the highest Russian citizen that has been put into orbit.

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