Moscow. Russian actress Yulia Peresild held her final rehearsal today at the Cosmonaut Preparation Center before shooting her first space film “The Challenge” on the International Space Station (ISS).
He was accompanied by film director Klim Shipenko and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, commander of the Soyuz spacecraft, in which he will fly to the ISS on October 5.
The test includes a training test in the simulator of the Russian section of the orbital platform outside Moscow, in which they must demonstrate what they have learned during the past three months.
“Today is the first big day. It has been a long and difficult road. The idea that[the flight]might happen is already a wonderful thing,” Peresild explained.
The filmmaker remarked, for his part, that he had “less time” to prepare the film than if it had been shot on Earth and that three months of training was too demanding.
“We have learned a lot. They have oppressed us, they have squeezed us. We have come close to space. The universe changes your life”, he admitted.
If they pass the test, Peresild and Shipenko will travel to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 18, where the launch will take place.
The ship’s commander stressed that the two had shown “great desire” during the training, which included survivability exercises and micro-gravity conditions.
“They very much want this space experiment to be successful at the highest international level. I am sure that in these two days of training they will show that the crew is fully prepared for flight”, he said.
For his part, the head of the Cosmonaut Preparation Center, Maxim Jarlamov, assured that he has “no doubt” that the knowledge and skills acquired by the new crew members will be sufficient to perform their duties.
He also emphasized that the training, less than usual, will serve as an experience for the preparation of future space tourists and specialists such as scientists or doctors.
In late August a medical commission declared Peresild and Shipenko, one of Russia’s most iconic actresses, to be “fit for spaceflight”.
In the event of a force majeure event, both the filmmaker and the actress, who have to stay in the ISS for twelve days, have options.
The feature film is part of a major scientific and educational project, within the framework of which it is also planned to shoot a series of documentaries on companies in the space and rocket industry and specialists involved in the production of launches, spacecraft and terrestrial spaceflight. basic infrastructure.