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Russian Film Crew In Orbit To Make First Movie In Space

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In this photo taken from video footage released by Roscosmos Space Agency, actress Yulia Peresild, left, film director Klim Shipenko, right, and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov sit in the first row among other participants of the mission in the International Space Station, ISS, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. Russian actress Yulia Peresild and a film director Klim Shipenko rocketed to space Tuesday on a mission to make the world's first movie in orbit, a project the Kremlin said will help burnish the nation's space glory. (Roscosmos Space Agency via AP)

(AP) — A Russian actor and a film director have rocketed into space to make the world’s first movie in orbit.

Actor Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko blasted off Tuesday for the International Space Station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft with cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and docked 3 1/2 hours later. Peresild and Klimenko are to film segments of a new movie titled “Challenge,” in which a surgeon played by Peresild rushes to the space station to save a crew member. After 12 days in space, they are set to return to Earth with another Russian cosmonaut.

The Russian filmmakers have beaten Tom Cruise to the space station. NASA confirmed last year it was in talks with Cruise about making a movie in orbit.

 

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