NASA will provide coverage to Tuesday, October 5th launch that will take a Russian cosmonaut, actress and film producer to the International Space Station, where they will film segments of a film. The launch will mark the expansion of commercial space opportunities to include feature film.
With his fourth flight into space, Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov will join actress Yulia Peresild and producer Klim Shipenko for the launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan a 4:55 am EDT October 5th (1:55 p.m. Baikonur Time). Its Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft will make a quick trip in two orbits to approach the station’s Rassvet module.
NASA coverage will begin at 4:15 p.m. on NASA TV, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. The probe is expected to be coupled at 8:12 p.m., with NASA coverage from 7:30 p.m.
About two hours after the berth, the gates between the Soyuz and the station will open. The trio on board will then join the commander of Expedition 65, Thomas Pesquet, of ESA (European Space Agency), NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hello, Shane Kimbrough i Megan McArthur, Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy i Pyotr Dubrov. Covering for the hatch opening will begin at 9:30 p.m.
Peresild and Shipenko, who are making their first flights into space, will spend 12 days on the space station, filming segments for a film titled “Challenge” under a commercial deal between Roscosmos and Moscowmedia-based entities.
Peresild and Shipenko will return to Earth with Novitskiy October 16th (October 17th Kazakhstan time) on the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, which is currently docked at the space station, for a parachute-assisted landing in the Kazakh steppe. Shkaplerov will remain aboard the station for the next month of March, returning with Hello and Dubrov on the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft. The return of Hello and Dubrov will mark the end of a 355-day mission. Hello will have completed the longest space flight of an astronaut in U.S. history.