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Russia launches spacecraft to shoot world's 1st movie in space

Film crew to spend 12 days at International Space Station to film movie titled Vyzov (Challenge)

Elena Teslova   | 05.10.2021
Russia launches spacecraft to shoot world's 1st movie in space Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (C), along with film director Klim Shipenko (R) and actress Yulia Peresild (L) pose for a photo ahead of the launch of the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome, on October 05, 2021 in Moscow, Russia. For the first time in the history of cinematography, Russia sent its crew, which will shoot a movie in space, to space from the Baikonur base of Kazakhstan with the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft. ( Roscosmos Press Service - Anadolu Agency )

MOSCOW

Russia on Tuesday launched a Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft carrying a filmmaking crew to the International Space Station (ISS) to make the first movie ever shot in space.

Film Director Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild, guided by cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, are traveling to the ISS to shoot scenes in the station itself and in outer space for the movie titled Vyzov (Challenge) about a female doctor who flies into orbit to save the life of an astronaut, the Russian State Corporation for Space Activities (Roscosmos) said in a statement.

Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov, Oleg Novitsky, and Pyotr Dubrov will also take part in the filming of the movie.

Before going to the ISS, the actress and director had trained for almost six months -- from May to October -- at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.

They underwent technical, physical, psychological, and other types of training.

The film crew plans to spend 12 days at the ISS and then return on Oct. 17 aboard a Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, piloted by cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky.

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