Russians beat Tom Cruise as first to film a movie in space
Veteran Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, actor Yulia Peresild and movie producer Klim Shipenko traveled to the Worldwide House Station on Tuesday. Peresild and Shipenko will likely be filming segments for the film “Problem” — the primary characteristic movie shot in area.
The three area vacationers blasted off on board a Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:55 a.m. ET on Tuesday. The speedy Soyuz delivered them to the area station round 8:22 a.m., regardless of some communications points that led to Shkaplerov taking handbook management shortly earlier than docking.
The present crew on the area station, together with European House Company astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japan Aerospace Exploration Company astronaut Aki Hoshide, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov, will all welcome the trio aboard when the hatch opens round 9:30 a.m.
It is a quick keep for first-time area station guests Peresild and Shipenko, who will spend 12 days on the area station filming earlier than returning to Earth on October 16. They are going to be joined on their return journey by Novitskiy.
Shkaplerov will keep on the area station and return to Earth in March with Vande Hei and Dubrov on the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft. When Vande Hei lands after his 355 consecutive days on the area station, he could have accomplished the longest single spaceflight by an astronaut in US historical past, in response to NASA.
A number of movies have been shot on board the area station, together with a 2002 IMAX documentary that Tom Cruise narrated. “Apogee of Concern,” a 2012 science fiction movie clocking in at about eight minutes, was additionally filmed in area by entrepreneur and area vacationer Richard Garriott, the son of an astronaut.
However Russia is slated to change into the primary nation to shoot a characteristic movie in area.
Peresild and Shipenko, who’re well-known in Russia, had been chosen after the nation’s area company, Roscosmos, opened a contest for candidates in November. Peresild has appeared in quite a few Russian movies and TV sequence, whilel was one in all Russia’s highest-grossing movies.
The 2 civilians underwent rigorous coaching forward of their area jaunt. Together with understudies, the actor and the director ready by doing centrifuge and vibration stand exams, coaching flights in zero gravity, and parachute coaching, all of which had been lined by Channel One.
The crew has practiced images and filming and utilizing gear that they’re going to work together with on the area station.
Different cosmonauts on board, together with Novitskiy, will help and act as a part of the movie crew since their assets are extra restricted within the area setting. The schedules of the astronauts on the area station are already effectively choreographed to allow them to work on experiments and see to mandatory upkeep duties and different priorities.
Jackie Wattles, Olga Pavlova and Sara Spary contributed to this report.