Oct 5, 2021 - World

Russian crew takes off to film first movie in space

Picture of actor Yulia Peresild, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and director Klim Shipenko wearing astronaut suits

From left: Actor Yulia Peresild, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and director Klim Shipenko. Photo: Roscosmos Press Service/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A Russian director and an actor blasted off into space on Tuesday to film the world's first movie in orbit, AP reports.

State of play: Director Klim Shipenko and actor Yulia Peresild took off to the International Space Station along with cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov. They are set to stay in orbit for 12 days filming segments for their movie, "Challenge."

  • The movie will follow a surgeon, played by Peresild, who goes to space to save a crew member, per AP.
  • Shkaplerov along with other cosmonauts already in the space station will have parts in the movie, Shipenko said.

What they're saying: Shipenko and Peresild had to go through four months of training, which Peresild said was "psychologically, physically and morally hard," AP notes.

  • "But I think that once we achieve the goal, all that will seem not so difficult and we will remember it with a smile," Peresild added.
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