In photos: Russian film crew launching to the International Space Station

(Image credit: Roscosmos via Twitter)

Anton Shkaplerov (center) is the only Roscosmos cosmonaut launching on the Soyuz MS-19; Yulia Peresild (left) and Klim Shipenko (right) are filmmakers who will be filming part of a movie called “Challenge” during their 12-day stay. 

The two filmmakers are set to return to Earth on Oct. 17 on the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy commanding the capsule. Meanwhile, Shkaplerov will remain at the orbiting lab for six months. Shkaplerov will serve as the commander of Expedition 66, returning to Earth on the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft in March 2022, together with NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov. 

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