Chalking up an area first of kinds, a Russian actress, her director and a veteran cosmonaut rocketed into orbit and set off after the Worldwide House Station early Tuesday to movie scenes for a film a couple of medical emergency aboard the lab advanced.
With commander Anton Shkaplerov on the controls, flanked on the left by producer-director Klim Shipenko and on the proper by actress Yulia Peresild, the Soyuz MS-19/65S spacecraft thundered away from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan at 4:55 a.m. EDT (1:55 p.m. native time).
Reside video from contained in the cockpit confirmed all three crew members monitoring devices and shows because the Soyuz 2.1a rocket accelerated out of the dense decrease ambiance by way of a transparent blue sky.
After a problem-free eight-minute 45-second ascent, the spacecraft separated from the booster’s third stage, photo voltaic arrays unfolded and the crew set off on an automatic two-orbit rendezvous with the house station.
The laboratory flew straight over the launch website about 33 seconds after liftoff, however shifting at almost 5 miles per second, the station leapfrogged forward of the Soyuz and was 1,200 miles in entrance by the point the crew reached its preliminary orbit.
Cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy photographed the distant Soyuz exhaust plume from the house station, tweeting “we’re ready for you in 3 hours!”
Flying at a barely decrease altitude, and consequently shifting sooner than the house station, the Soyuz was anticipated to rapidly meet up with the laboratory, shifting in for a docking on the Russian Rassvet module at 8:12 a.m.
Readily available to welcome them aboard will probably be French station commander Thomas Pesquet and his three SpaceX Crew Dragon crewmates — Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide — together with Oleg Novitskiy, Pyotr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, who rode to orbit final April aboard the Soyuz MS-18/64S spacecraft.
Peresild and Shipenko plan to spend 12 days aboard the house station, filming within the Russian section of the lab earlier than returning to Earth within the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft with Novitskiy, who will probably be wrapping up a 190-day mission.
Shkaplerov will stay aboard the station and return to Earth subsequent March or April aboard the MS-29 spacecraft with Dubrov and Vande Hei, who can have logged nearly a full 12 months in orbit since launch final April 9.
Within the film, known as “The Problem,” Peresild will play a Russian physician despatched to the station to deal with a critically unwell cosmonaut. Shkaplerov, Novitskiy and Dubrov will help whereas Shipenko acts as make-up artist, lighting director and cameraman.
“This job would’ve been monumental even on Earth,” Peresild mentioned earlier than launch. “We’ll have ten days. However it will not be like ten common 12-hour capturing days, moderately like two to a few hours a day, when the cosmonauts will be capable to work with us. The remainder of time Klim and I will probably be capturing with solely me within the body.
“Our solely activity out there’s capturing the movie with out interfering with the crew.”
The Russians steadily point out Tom Cruise when discussing their mission, citing extensively reported however unsubstantiated claims the American actor is planning an analogous journey.
“There was sure competitiveness concerned,” Shipenko mentioned in a translation supplied by Channel One Russia. “It was making us velocity up the manufacturing, the preparation course of. Having a robust opponent you’ll be able to compete with actually issues. The truth that Tom Cruise is eager on his house undertaking made him a robust competitor.”
NASA officers say no such go to to the house station is at present within the planning levels.
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