BAIKONUR / Kazakhstan /, October 5. / TASS /. The Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft carrying three people reached the International Space Station using a two-orbital scheme. The spacecraft docked with the Rassvet module, according to the livestream on the Roscosmos website.
The spacecraft’s crew includes Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, as well as actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko, who plan to shoot the first live-action film in space. The ISS crew will now check the airtightness of the docking and equalize the atmospheric pressure between the ISS and the spacecraft. Then the crew can enter the station.
The spacecraft could not dock automatically, so the approach and docking was done in manual mode via the TORU system.
The Soyuz-2.1a rocket was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 11:55 a.m. Moscow time on Tuesday. Peresild and Shipenko received training at the Cosmonaut Training Center from May this year.
The actress and director fly to the ISS to film a space drama called “Challenge” about a doctor who must travel to the ISS to save the life of a cosmonaut. The filming will involve three Russian cosmonauts – Anton Shkaplerov, Oleg Novitsky and Piotr Dubrovnik.
Peresild and Shipenko will spend 12 days in orbit and return to the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, along with Novitsky, which has been on the ISS since April. After Novitsky returns to Earth on October 17, Shkaplerov and Dubrovnik will remain on the space station for 174 days.