Russian crew returns to earth after shooting the first movie in space

After spending 12 days at the international space station, the Russian team of movie-making returned back to earth. The actor and Director landed on earth on October 17 after shooting scenes for the first movie in orbit. Russia thus got a feather on its cap and has become the first nation to shoot a feature film in space.

According to NASA, the Soyuz MS-18 space capsule carried Oleg Novitskiy- Russian cosmonaut, Yulia Peresild- Russian actress, and Klim Shipenko-producer and director of the movie in it and they landed in a remote area outside western Kazakhstan.

The filmmakers had blasted off from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to film scenes for the movie “The Challenge”. Medical and safety experts have already approved plans for an actress and director to travel to shoot the first full-length, fictional film in space. 

The movie tells the story of a doctor who goes to the International Space Station on short notice to save the life of a cosmonaut. Moreover, the film crews were planning to shoot additional scenes for the movie at the landing site. The crew members also received special training ahead of their space shoot.

The landing of the team, which was documented by a film crew, will also feature in the movie, Konstantin Ernst, the head of the Kremlin-friendly Channel One TV network and a co-producer of The Challenge, reported AFP. Also, the mission will add to a large list of firsts for Russia’s space industry.

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As per reports, Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman had revealed in 2020 that they were working together on a movie to be filmed in space, with NASA’s cooperation. The project is being developed in collaboration with Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Reports have suggested that Cruise’s stay on the space station could also occur in October. However, no definitive date for his launch has been shared yet.