New Delhi: On Tuesday, Russia is all set to launch an actor and a movie director into space in a bid to beat the United States to the first film in space. If that turns out to be successful, the Russian film crew will beat a Hollywood project that was declared recently by “Mission Impossible” star Tom Cruise along with NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Actor Yulia Peresild and movie director Klim Shipenko are contemplated to take off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in ex-Soviet Kazakhstan at 0855 GMT.
Driven by veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, they will take off in a Soyuz MS-19 spaceship for a 12-day mission at the International Space Station (ISS) to shoot the scenes of the film “The Challenge”.
The film’s plot, which has been generally kept hidden alongside the film budget, was disclosed by Russia’s space agency Roscosmos to centre around a female surgeon who is sent off to the ISS to save an astronaut’s life.
On Monday, at an online press conference, Clad in a flight suit, director of the film Shipenko called the film “an experiment.” Shipenko and Peresild are contemplated to get back on Earth on October 17 in a capsule with cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, who has been on the ISS for over a half year.
The mission which is officially named Soyuz MS-19, is the most recent in a progression of non-professional astronaut launches happening during the subsequent half of this year itself across various space vehicles.