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Watch live: Russia launches film crew into space - time

Watch live: Russia launches film crew into space – time

Yulia Peresild, Russian actress, Mr. Shpenko and Anton Shkaplerov, a veteran astronaut who has made three trips to and from the space station since 2011, are trapped in an MS-19 capsule on the way to the space station. Mrs. Peresild spent months doing the job. Earlier this year, she auditioned for the part in a competition with dozens of other actresses. In addition to Ms. Peresild, runner-up Alyona Mordovina would go into orbit if something prevented the nuclear squad from blasting into space.

The film crew returns to Earth on October 17 with Oleg Novitsky, a cosmonaut who has been at the station since April.

“This mission is definitely special, we have people who travel into space who are not tourists or professional cosmonauts,” said Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos. He said he hopes the trip will help the agency attract a new generation of talent.

What movie are they filming on the space station?

The title of the film is Challenge and it is about a surgeon, played by Mrs. Peresild, who goes on an emergency mission to the space station to save the life of a sick astronaut. Few other details about the plot or filming aboard the station have been announced, though NASA said on Tuesday that Mr. Nowitzki, one of the Russian cosmonauts currently on board the station, will be the subject of the film.

Why are they making a movie in orbit?

As for the challenge, cinematic storytelling can undo the symbolism of space photography. The production is a joint project of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. Channel One in yellow, black and white, a Russian film studio.

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Like many special missions to space these days, Channel One and Roscosmos hope the film will prove to the audience that space isn’t just for government astronauts. Channel One said on its website that one of the main goals of the production was to show that “spaceflight is gradually becoming available not only to professionals, but also to a wide range of interested parties.”

Rogozin, head of the Russian Space Agency, said he hoped the mission would produce “a really serious work of art and a whole new development of space technologies” to attract young talents to Russia’s space programme.