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And … action! 1st movie in space underway with Russian crew

8 Oct 2021, 12:00 UTC
And … action!  1st movie in space underway with Russian crew
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Actress Yulia Peresild, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and director Klim Shipenko during training for their October 2021 flight to the International Space Station in October. Peresild will star in scenes for a new movie called Challenge – the 1st movie in space – being directed by Shipenko. Image via GCTC/ SpaceNews.
In 3, 2, 1 … 1st movie in space
The Soyuz 2.1a that lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Russia’s spaceport southern Kazakhstan, was theatrically decorated for the first movie to be filmed in space. It ferried Russian actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko to the International Space Station (ISS) alongside veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, who commanded the capsule. Journeys to ISS typically last between 8 and 22 hours over multiple orbits around Earth. This Soyuz employed what’s known as a 2-orbit scheme and linked up with the space station just 4 hours after launch.
Peresild and Shipenko – who aren’t cosmonauts but instead civilian passengers – said they enjoyed the sunrises and sunsets they saw during the flight. And Peresild told Channel One Russia during a welcome ceremony on the station:
I still feel that it’s all a dream, and I’m still asleep.
Shipenko agreed. He said:

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