According to Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency, director Klim Shippenko and actress Yulia Peresild have started work with spaceship commander Anton Shkaplerov, a trained cosmonaut at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the largest operational space launch facility in the world. Initially built in the USSR as the base of the Soviet space program, it is now leased by Russia from the Kazakh government.
Shippenko and Peresild will film ‘Vyzov’, which means ‘Challenge’ in Russian.
They will then return on the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft in October with cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, who has been on the manned satellite since April.
“Under the supervision of specialists from Roscosmos…they tried on Sokol KV-2 flight suits, tested them for tightness, and took their seats in the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft,” a statement from the company said.
“After that, they got acquainted with the locations of cargoes in the living compartment and the descent vehicle, and worked with the equipment to be operated on board the International Space Station.”
They will later learn about manual docking of the Soyuz MS spacecraft as part of a wide-ranging preparation course.
Last month, Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin invited Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson to the launch of Soyuz MS-19. The three entrepreneurs each have their own space companies, and the latter two have recently flown to the edge of space as a passenger on their own craft.
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