A Russian film crew has landed safely back on Earth after shooting scenes of the first ever movie shot in space.
Klim Shipenko and actor Yulia Peresild left the International Space Station (ISS) and landed in Kazakhstan where they were greeted by a crew filming touchdown scenes.
The real life shooting had its own share of suspense and drama as on Friday the ISS unexpectedly tilted after a glitch in its thrusters, pausing filming. It was not thought to be part of the script, according to a BBC report.
A Russian trio said farewell to the station crew and closed the Soyuz MS-18 crew ship hatch at 4:41pm ET today. They undock at 9:14pm this evening. More... https://t.co/Hwwr4AEUI7 pic.twitter.com/aXFOtG2H1O— International Space Station (@Space_Station) October 16, 2021
In a farewell tweet from the ISS, Peresild showed off a weightless hairdo to actually prove that there were scenes were shot in space and not on Earth.
The module carrying Peresild and Shipenko, along with cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, parachuted down to Earth at about lunchtime on Sunday in the Kazakhstan steppe.
Their departure was not delayed by Friday's glitch, which resulted in lost positioning control for about half an hour.
The actor and director will now be taken to Russia's Star City training base for a 10-day rehab after spending 8 days in space.
Details of the plot of the movie titled Challenge have not been disclosed, but the scenes in the ISS appears to be that of Peresild's character as a doctor operating on a sick cosmonaut (Novitskiy, in a cameo role) whose medical condition is such that he cannot be treated on Earth, the BBC report said.
The Russian movie has also been in its own kind of space race with the USA as Hollywood star Tom Cruise is apparently part of a Hollywood filming-in-space project involving NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX.