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Russian Spacecraft Carrying Actress, Director Returns To Earth After Filming On ISS.

A space capsule carrying a cosmonaut and two Russian filmmakers has landed in Kazakhstan, ending their 12-day trip to the International Space Station (ISS), according to the Russian space agency Roskosmos.

The Soyuz capsule returned to Earth on October 17 just hours after separating from the ISS with Oleg Novitskiy, Yulia Peresild, and Klim Shipenko aboard.

Peresild, a famous Russian actress, and Shipenko, an award-winning film director, arrived at the ISS on October 5 for a 12-day stay to film segments of a drama titled Challenge.

Veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov was the captain of their flight on board a Soyuz MS-19 craft from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome.

In the movie, a surgeon played by Peresild rushes to the space station to save a crew member who needs an urgent operation in orbit. Novitskiy, who plays the ailing cosmonaut in the movie, is returning to Earth after six months aboard the ISS.

Seven astronauts remain aboard the space station: Shkaplerov and fellow Russian Pyotr Dubrov; Americans Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough, and Megan McArthur; Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency; and Aki Hoshide of Japan.

Based on reporting by AP

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