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Russian Film Crew Making a Movie in International Space Station

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A Russian actor, astronaut, and filmmaker have landed on the International Space Station to film a movie in space. Credit: NASA Johnson, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A Russian film crew is making their next movie in space, arriving at the International Space Station Tuesday morning. The actress landed on the International Space Station on Tuesday. The crew consists of actress Yulia Peresild, film director Klim Shipenko, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov.

The crew has made the journey to the ISS in order to film parts of an upcoming movie called “The Challenge.” The New York Times reports that the movie will make history as the first feature-length fiction movie shot in space.

The Challenge depicts a Russian doctor sent to space to save the life of a cosmonaut on the International Space Station.

NASA TV shows the moment Russian crew docked at International Space Station

The team launched at 4:55 a.m. ET from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They safely made it to the ISS after a three-hour flight.

 

During a pre-flight press conference, Peresild remarked on the challenges of the shoot from a civilian perspective, saying that “It was psychologically, physically and morally hard, but I think that once we achieve the goal, all that will seem not so difficult and we will remember it with a smile.”

Experienced cosmonaut Peskov offered comments on the flight’s significance for Russian space travel: “We have been pioneers in space and maintained a confident position,” he said. “Such missions that help advertise our achievements and space exploration, in general, are great for the country.”

Shipenko, who has been at the helm of several successful movies, agreed with Peresild that the crew’s plans were not without difficulty:

“Of course, we couldn’t make many things at the first try, and sometimes even at a third attempt, but it’s normal,” he said.

William Shatner to visit space this Sunday on Blue Origin

The Russian crew’s historic trip to the ISS comes at an unprecedented moment for space travel, as industry giants like Blue Origin and SpaceX race to pave the way towards a future of commercial space flights.

The latest installment of this space travel renaissance is actor William Shatner’s upcoming trip with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.

Shatner, who portrayed the courageous Starship Captain James Tiberias Kirk in the science fiction television series that started in 1966, is now 90 years old. But that poses no problems for him, as he expressed his great joy on Monday after the official announcement out of Cape Canaveral.

“Yes, it’s true; I’m going to be a ‘rocket man!’” Shatner tweeted triumphantly today, adding “It’s never too late to experience new things.”

Bezos’ space travel company announced today that the Canadian-born actor will blast off from Western Texas this Sunday, Oct. 12.

Bezos has long been a fan of the science fiction series, which spawned a run of feature films for decades after its initial run on television.

The businessman and space exploration booster even had a cameo role as an alien in the 2016 iteration of the series, titled “Star Trek Beyond.” Blue Origin invited Shatner to fly along as its guest, according to an Associated Press report.

When he shakes off the shackles of Earth on Sunday, Shatner will become the oldest human being to ever go to space. He will be accompanied by three other people, two of whom are paying customers, who are riding in the Blue Origin capsule to the edge of space, briefly becoming weightless.

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