Julia Peresild with members of the ISS
Yesterday in Russia, and far beyond its borders, they watched with trepidation the historic launch of the Soyuz-2.1a rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome, which launched a spacecraft with actress Yulia Peresild and film director Klim Shipenko into orbit. The film crew went into space with a responsible mission: for the filming of the first scientific and educational film “Challenge” in conditions of real weightlessness.
At 11:55 Moscow time, the rocket launched from Baikonur, and at around 15:30 it docked with the ISS. The moment of the very docking with the station turned out to be rather nervous. Due to the failure of the system, the spacecraft could not dock to the ISS in automatic mode, which is why test cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov had to do it in manual mode. In this matter, Julia Peresild assisted him, and Klim Shipenko filmed everything that was happening on video for the future film.
Klim Shipenko was sitting in the left armchair, Anton Shkaplerov went out for manual docking, Julia assisted him, and Anton had already shot three flash drives,
– Konstantin Ernst told reporters.
Professional Anton Shkaplerov perfectly coped with the task, and the docking took place as usual. After that, the team began to prepare for the transfer to the ISS: it was necessary to dry the suits and equalize the pressure between the spacecraft and the station. After that, Peresild and Shipenko finally found themselves on board the ISS and met the rest of the crew, with whom they will spend the next two weeks. The film crew immediately contacted the Earth and shared their impressions of their stay in space.
Yulia Peresild, Anton Shkaplerov and Klim Shipenko with the ISS crew
Everything was new for us today! Every 10 seconds brought something new. We just met with everyone who lives here on the ISS a long time ago. Now we will get acquainted. I still feel like I'm dreaming
– said Yulia Peresild.
Recall that Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko will stay on the ISS until October 17, and during this time they plan to shoot about 40 minutes of footage. Vyzov is a joint project of Channel One and Roscosmos. The scientific and educational film will go down in history as the first motion picture shot in space.