We have been watching a lot of movies set in the spectacular scenery of the outer space, from the classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey to the modern ones like Interstellar and Gravity. But now the time is here to actually shoot a movie in space!

The Russian film industry is officially the pioneer of shooting movies in space. On October 5, 2021, the The Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft carried the Russian actress, Yulia Peresild, and the director, Klim Shipenko, to the International Space Station (ISS) located at an orbital height of 408 km (253 mi). The film personnel were accompanied by a professional cosmonaut (Russian counterpart of astronaut), Anton Shkaplerov.

Russian actor and director will launch with cosmonaut to film first movie  made in space - CNN
From the left: Yulia Peresild (Actress), Anton Shkaplerov (Cosmonaut), and Klim Shipenko (Director)

The spacecraft was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, world’s largest space launch facility, situated in Southern Kazakhstan and operated by Russia. The film crew has docked at the ISS for a 12-day, and they will return to earth with one other cosmonaut.

The crew is shooting for the movie “The Challenge” where Peresild plays a doctor who is urgently asked to travel to space to save cosmonaut’s life. The crew has taken multiple roles to complete their shoot on-time. Director Shipenko is responsible for direction and filming. Apart from acting, Peresild will work as the costume designer and make-up artist. Shkaplerov will play the role of the injured cosmonaut, and many other cosmonauts from the ISS will be featured in the film.

The achievement is reminiscent of the space race during the cold-war. In 2020, Tom-Cruise announced that he would travel to space with SpaceX to shoot a movie, but the Russian crew has beaten the American actor to space. Hopefully the new space race is a healthy competition that will encourage both sides to make commercial space travel easier and affordable.

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