The Soyuz MS-19 spaceship with director Klim Shippenko and actress Yulia Peresild docked at the International Space Station (ISS). This was reported on Tuesday, October 5th, by RIA Novosti.
The ship docked with the ISS at 15 hours 12 minutes Moscow time. It was reported that during the docking, two sets of equipment of the automatic approach system "Kurs" failed in turn, due to which the Mission Control Center ordered the crew commander, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, to switch to manual control.
Shipenko and Peresild went to the ISS to shoot the first-ever feature film shot in space. The film was working title "The Challenge". The plot of the space drama centers on a doctor (Peresild), who is forced by circumstances to prepare for a month's space flight to go to the International Space Station to save a cosmonaut.
"Movie Crew" was headed by cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov. It is noted that he became the first ever commander of the Soyuz, piloted to the ISS alone without the help of a professional flight engineer. Shkaplerov will also play in "Challenge." Shippenko, 38, who serves as director, cameraman and one of the film's screenwriters, is known for such films as "Text," "Salute 7" and "Stalemate." Peresild, 37, is a Distinguished Artist of Russia, having played in "The Bride," "The Battle for Sevastopol" and "The Petrovs in the Flu."
The members of the crew underwent accelerated training for the space flight. It took place at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Moscow Region. The accelerated training method may be used in the future to send other specialists into orbit, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper wrote. A spaceship with a camera crew launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.