Soyuz MS-19 to launch film crew to Station amid tightened Russian space reporting regulations

The Soyuz MS-19 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is readying for liftoff at 08:55 UTC (04:55 EDT) on Tuesday, October 5 from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The mission, which will deliver one new Russian ISS crewmember for a six-month stay as well as an actress and director who will film the movie The Challenge, will be the first to launch under strict new regulations enacted last week by the Russian FSB (Federal Security Service) which essentially forbids its citizens from reporting on the Russian space program outside of Russia, less that person then be classified as a “foreign agent.” Soyuz MS-19 The Soyuz MS-19 mission will be unique from other station flights in that it will not just carry a new ISS crewmember in Anton Shkaplerov but will also ferry up, for the first time, an actress and film producer/director — Yulia Pereslid and Klim Shipenko, respectively — who will spend 12 days on the outpost filming a movie. Roughly 35-40 minutes of footage for The Challenge will be filmed on the ISS per Russian media reports. Anton Shkaplerov as well as Pyotr Dubrov and Oleg Novitskiy, the two Russian cosmonauts currently on the station, will appear…
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Soyuz MS-19 to launch film crew to Station amid tightened Russian space reporting regulations

Updated: October 4, 2021 — 3:43 pm