- The movie Challenge is an upcoming docu-drama film which will be the first ever feature film to be shot in space.
- If the project stays on schedule, the Russian crew will beat a Hollywood project that was announced by movie star Tom Cruise in collaboration with NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
A Russian actress and film director have returned to earth after spending twelve days shooting scenes for a movie on the International Space Station (ISS) in orbit.
According to footage broadcasted live by the Russian Space Agency, actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko landed on schedule at Kazakhstan’s steppe at 0436 GMT early Sunday morning.
Cosmonaut Oleg Natvisky, who had been on the station for six months, ferried them back to terra firma (dry land).
In a tweet, the Russian space agency- Roscosmos says “search and rescue service specialists have finished recovering the crew from the descent module. Roscosmos cosmonaut Natvisky Oleg, spaceflight participants Klim Shipenko and Yulia Peresild are feeling fine!”
The movie “The Challenge“, is an upcoming docu-drama film which will be the first-ever feature film to be shot in space. The movie entails a Cosmonaut, Ivanov, who loses consciousness while the spacecraft is in flight. The doctors decide that it will be necessary to perform heart surgery right in zero gravity. A Cardiac surgeon Zhenya, who does not have time to raise her 3-year-old daughter, is preparing for the flight to save the cosmonaut’s life.
US, Russia race to space
If the project stays on schedule, the Russian crew will beat a Hollywood project that was announced by movie star Tom Cruise in collaboration with NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
The Russian crew mentioned that the mission was not as smooth and they experienced a few hitches. According to a veteran cosmonaut, Anton Shkaplerov, he had to switch controls to manual shortly after the film crew landed on the ISS. Russian flight controllers also conducted a test on the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft on Friday; the ship’s thruster fired unexpectedly, destabilising the ISS for 30 minutes.
Konstantin Ernst, the head of the Kremlin-friendly Channel One TV network and a co-producer of “The Challenge” said the landing which was filmed by the crew, would be featured in the film.
The mission will add to a long list of firsts in the Russian Space Industry. The first satellite Sputnik was launched by the Soviets in 1957. Russia sent into orbit the first animal, a dog named Laika, the first man, Yuri Gagarin and the first woman, Valentina Tereshkova.