WATCH: International Space Station rotating 57 degrees mid-orbit during engine test of spacecraft bringing back Russian film crew

A mistake during an engine test of the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft led to the International Space Station (ISS) accidentally rotating 57 degrees earlier this week, with the video of the orbital incident now being available online.

The footage from NASA’s broadcast on Friday captured the ISS changing its position towards the Earth quite significantly, prompting the American astronauts to sound a distress call.

The station rotated as a result of an engine thrust on the Soyuz MS-18, which had been docked to the ISS. The Russian cosmonauts had been testing the spacecraft ahead of its planned return from orbit. The problem was swiftly fixed.

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Russian Multipurpose Laboratory Module "Nauka" (Science) being docked next to the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft on the International Space Station (ISS). © AFP / Oleg NOVITSKY / Russian Space Agency Roscosmos
International Space Station accidentally rotates 57 degrees mid-orbit while hosting director & actress filming milestone movie 

The incident happened when Russian actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko were aboard the ISS, working on the first-ever feature film recorded in space.

The two safely made it back to Earth aboard the Soyuz MS-18 on Sunday, bringing with them 30 terabytes of footage to be used in the upcoming flick ‘The Challenge’.

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Russian actress Yulia Peresild after the landing of the Soyuz MS-18 reentry capsule in steppes southeast of Jezkazgan, Kazakhstan. © Sputnik / Sergei Savostyanov
Back to Earth: Soyuz capsule with Russian crew behind first space movie successfully lands in Kazakhstan

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