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The Soyuz space capsule carrying an astronaut and two Russian filmmakers has landed from the International Space Station after a 3 1/2-hour journey.

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Descending under a red-and-white striped parachute after entering Earth’s atmosphere, the capsule, accompanied by Oleg Novitsky, Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko, descended straight into the steps of Kazakhstan on schedule at 0435 GMT on Sunday.

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Actress Peresild and film director Shipenko rocketed to the space station on October 5 for a 12-day stint for film segments of a film titled “Challenge”, in which a surgeon played by Peresild in space to rescue a crew member. The station rushes into orbit in need of immediate operation. Nowitzki, who spent more than six months on the space station, is to star in the film as a sick astronaut.

After the landing, which sent plumes of dust flying high into the air, the ground crew removed the three astronauts from the capsule and placed them in seats installed nearby as they adjusted to the pull of gravity. He was then taken to a medical tent for examination.

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Everyone looked healthy and cheerful. Peresild smiled and held a large bouquet of white flowers as journalists gathered around her. But she said she also felt a touch of sadness.

“I’m feeling a little sad today. It seemed like 12 days would be a lot, but when everything was over, I didn’t want to leave,” Peresild said on state TV.

Transfer to the medical tent was delayed by about 10 minutes, while the crew filmed several takes of Peresild and Nowitsky in their seats, who are to be included in the film. More scenes are yet to be shot on Prithvi for the film, whose release date is uncertain.

Seven astronauts are aboard the space station: Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov of Russia; Americans Mark Vande Hey, Shane Kimbrough and Megan MacArthur; Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency; and Aki Hoshide of Japan.