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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
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Russian filmmakers safely return to Earth

Capitalism in space: A Russian Soyuz capsule safely returned three Russian astronauts to Earth today, including the two filmmakers that spent the last twelve days filming scenes on ISS for a movie.

Russian actress Yulia Peresild and producer Klim Shipenko landed with cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian federal space corporation Roscosmos on Sunday (Oct. 17). The three descended aboard the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft to a touchdown at 12:35 a.m. EDT (0435 GMT or 10:35 a.m. local time) on the steppe of Kazakhstan.

The landing concluded 191 days in space for Novitskiy, who wrapped up his stay on the station by playing a bit part in the movie Peresild and Shipenko were there to film. A joint production of Roscosmos, the Russian television station Channel One and the studio Yellow, Black and White, “Вызов” (“Challenge” in English) follows the story of a surgeon (Peresild) who is launched to the station to perform emergency surgery on a cosmonaut (Novitskiy).

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11 comments

  • George C

    Such rescue mission movies are never by the book routine. There always has to be extra elements of drama such as equipment failures. I wonder if they were filming the crew of ISS when the return capsule problem happened?

  • Joe

    Glad they are back safe and the thruster issues did not cause them problems.

  • Gary

    I wonder if their presence and filming had anything to do with the “accidental” booster firing. Could they have been staging a shot which went wrong?

  • wayne

    Armageddon (1998)
    Russian Cosmonaut scene (“…this is how we fix problem…”)
    https://youtu.be/OIh78GiTqrE
    1:52

  • Mark

    Wayne – can you provide a film clip from the upcoming movie The Challenge, about a Russian doctor, played by Yulia Peresild, who travels to the space station to treat a sick cosmonaut?

    While I hope the rumor is true that the recent new ISS clothing regulations involve tank tops, I state unequivocally and for the record that I have the utmost respect for the film work of Russian actress Yulia Peresild. Peresild starred in The Edge which was nominated for the 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
    Yulia is also in ‘The Golden Horde’ which I just recently added to my Prime streaming watchlist. ‘The Golden Horde’ is about ancient Russia under Tatar-Mongol rule.
    And I bet I’m not the only one on BtB wondering if pictures featuring Zero-g eye candy will soon leak out of Roscosmos. Let’s Go Russia!

  • Patrick Underwood

    Mark: I congratulate you on your impeccable aesthetic judgment.

  • Questioner

    Finally – after a long time – a pretty woman in space again.

  • John hare

    Questioner, towards the end of a six month mission, Phylis Diller would start looking good.

  • Jeff Wright

    Ha!

  • Ray Van Dune

    In high school my much more worldly friend told me that with the lights out, they are all movie stars. I have never verified this, but apparently my friend made a valiant effort to do so.

  • Edward

    Gary asked: “Could they have been staging a shot which went wrong?

    In this case, they were performing a routine checkout of the spacecraft before putting a crew into flight, and it had nothing to do with the film project. Think of it as a pilot walk around or a pilot checklist. The problem was that the thrusters would not respond to the command to shut down. A routine procedure became exciting, which is usually a bad thing.

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