‘The Challenge’: Russian Crew Beat Tom Cruise to Make First Movie In Space

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Russian crew including an actress Yulia Peresild and the director Klim Shipenko have come on board to shoot the first movie in space. In order to make the film, the entire crew has blasted off for the international space station.

To be precise, the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft looks all set to dock at 1212 GMT at the station. The spacecraft will start revolving around the Earth at an altitude of 354 km (220 miles).

It’s being intercepted to be a significant achievement by Russia in space technology as the rest of the world is watching all the moves. In order to make the project successful, Russian media provided patriotic coverage and blanket in the run-up. A countdown clock is also running aside on Channel One to basically capture the movement of the spacecraft.

The idea to launch the film titled ‘The Challenge’ has significantly put Russia much ahead in the race to make a film on space. And so, it will beat the United States to make such a movie on space.

As per the update, Russian director Klim Shipenko and the actress Yulia Peresild are expected to reach the cosmos much ahead of cruise. They plan to blast off on a SpaceX rocket were announced by NASA last year.

If you look at the history of space research of Russia and the US, you will find that Russia’s space industry in the past has been hit badly with corruption scandals, accidents and delays. On the other hand, US based space programs are largely backed up by well known private firms owned by rich businessmen like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.

Russian’s Shipenko and Peresild are known to have accompanied themselves at the time of the launch of their 12 day long mission. For quite long in the past, the competition between two countries in space mainly happened to be a hallmark of the Cold War. In order to prove its point, it was Moscow that first launched its first satellite in space.

On the other hand, NASA came into the picture after it beat it to the Moon landing mission.

“Space is where we became pioneers and we still maintain a confident lead despite everything,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said after the launch.

“Yes, others are stepping on (our) toes but it is obvious that there is competition in a good sense. For our country, a flight like this, that popularizes our achievements and the theme of space in general, is good news.”

The film basically revolves Peresild who plays the role of a doctor who is asked to travel to the space station to save the life of a cosmonaut. It later shows the director Klim Shipenko who attempts to make the flight in a small capsule despite an height of 1.9 metres (6 feet 2 inches).

As per the details, the rocket was actually launched right from the Baikonur Cosmo drome that Russia leases on the steppes of Kazakhstan.


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