A Russian actor and a movie director rocketed to house Tuesday on a mission to make the world’s first film in orbit. 

Actor Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko blasted off for the International Space Station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft along with cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, a veteran of three house missions. 

Their Soyuz MS-19 lifted off as scheduled at 1:55 p.m. (0855 GMT) from the Russian house launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan and efficiently reached the designated orbit. 


Space officers reported that the crew was feeling positive and all spacecraft techniques had been functioning usually. 

Peresild and Klimenko are to movie segments of a brand new film titled “Challenge,” wherein a surgeon performed by Peresild rushes to the house station to avoid wasting a crew member who suffers a coronary heart situation. 

After 12 days on the house outpost, they’re set to return to Earth with one other Russian cosmonaut. 

Speaking at a pre-flight information convention Monday, 37-year-old Peresild acknowledged that it was difficult for her to adapt to the strict self-discipline and rigorous calls for through the coaching. 

“It was psychologically, physically and morally hard,” she mentioned. “But I think that once we achieve the goal, all that will seem not so difficult and we will remember it with a smile.” 

Shipenko, 38, who has made a number of commercially profitable films, additionally described their fast-track, four-month preparation for the flight as robust. 

“Of course, we couldn’t make many things at the first try, and sometimes even at a third attempt, but it’s normal,” he mentioned. 

Shipenko, who will full the capturing on Earth after filming house episodes, mentioned that Shkaplerov and two different Russian cosmonauts on board the station will all play elements within the new film. 


Russia’s state-controlled Channel One tv, which is concerned in making the film, has extensively coated the crew coaching and the launch. 

“I’m in shock. I still can’t imagine that my mom is out there,” Peresild’s daughter, Anna, mentioned in televised remarks minutes after the launch. 

Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian state house company Roscosmos, was a key drive behind the venture, describing it as an opportunity to burnish the nation’s house glory and rejecting criticism from some Russian media. 

Some commentators argued that the movie venture would distract the Russian crew and might be awkward to movie on the Russian phase of the International Space Station, which is significantly much less spacious in comparison with the U.S. phase.  

A brand new Russia lab module, the Nauka, was added in July, however it’s but to be totally built-in into the station. 


Once they arrive on the house station simply over three hours after the launch, the three newcomers will be part of Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov and Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. 

Novitskiy, who is about to star because the ailing cosmonaut within the movie, will take the captain’s seat in a Soyuz capsule to take the crew again to Earth on Oct. 17.