At about 8 A.M., the crew of the long-term expedition to ISS No. 64 made a successful routine landing in a distance of 140 km from the city of Dzhezkazgan. Commander Sergei Ryzhikov, Flight Engineer 1 Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, and Flight Engineer 2 Caitlin Rubins (USA) were on board the descent vehicle. The guests and organizers of the Tsiolkovsky International Film Festival watched the landing procedure.
Commenting on the broadcast organized at the ICC, Igor Ugolnikov, the president of the film festival, emphasized: Look how beautiful. The sun is above Kaluga and the museum of the history of cosmonautics.
The Tsiolkovsky International Film Festival even aranged a live broadcast of the landing of the descent module of the Soyuz MS 17 spacecraft at the ICC for guests and participants of the festival. It is symbolic that this is happening today, on the closing day of the festival. We are preparing for this. And this is how the day should start: in the morning the successful landing of the spacecraft, and in the evening the ceremonial closing of the festival.”
During the broadcast of the landing, organized by the TV channel “Roskosmos TV,” Kaluga also joined the broadcast. Igor Ugolnikov greeted the cosmonauts who had successfully returned from the space expedition: “We here in Kaluga,
all our team members who have made the festival, were sincerely happy about the successful completion of the flight. They shouted and applauded the cosmonauts, welcomed their return home! Everyone is in excellent mood. Today the weather is wonderful. The closing ceremony of the festival will take place in the evening.
We see the smiles of our cosmonauts and the American astronaut. We see smiles on the faces of the rescue team members. It warm the heart to see. I am very glad that everything went to plan. It was interesting to watch it all unfold. The parachute was like a huge jellyfish, either swelling or narrowing, is like something from the movies.
We wish the astronauts a quick recovery. We imagine that after zero gravity everything is tough. Cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin spoke at our festival yesterday and told the guests about the absolutely difficult work of astronauts in zero gravity. In particular, what kind of disturbances and feelings the crew experiences during landing.
We hope that such meetings will become regular for us and the people of Kaluga, that we will meet at this wonderful site of the Kaluga Museum of the History of Cosmonautics at least once a year. And each year on April 12, will begin the Tsiolkovsky festival! "
It is noteworthy that the cosmonauts spent more than 170 days on the ISS, performing more than 50 scientific experiments and two spacewalks.
The Tsiolkovsky International Film Festival, which started in Kaluga on April 12, will be solemnly closed today.
On the panel of the festival are: film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor Klim Shipenko; director of the K.E. Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics Natalya Abakumova; head of the press service of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos Vladimir Ustimenko; Russian documentary filmmaker, journalist, TV presenter, and writer Igor Prokopenko; executive director of the Youth Center of the Union of Cinematographers of Russia Dmitry Yakunin; film director and screenwriter Alena Zvantsova; director of marketing and strategic development of the State Film Fund, art director of the Illusion cinema Nadezhda Stepanova; Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov; as well as film director, screenwriter, producer; and clip maker Timur Bekmambetov. The panel is headed by American filmmaker and producer Roger Corman.
The Tsiolkovsky ISFF is held with a grant from the President of the Russian Federation, provided by the Presidential Grants Fund and with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Kaluga Region, the Roscosmos State Corporation, the State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics named after K.E. Tsiolkovsky, the State Film Fund of Russia, Bosco Manufactures LLC, and other commercial and public organizations.