Russia Just Beat Hollywood to the International Space Station

Russia Just Beat Hollywood to the International Space Station

They will become the first crew to film movie scenes in space, beating Tom Cruise to the punch.

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A crew including an actress, a movie producer, and an astronaut launched towards the International Space Station (ISS) at 4:55 am EDT from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazhakstan, a post from NASA explains. The crew successfully docked with the ISS at 8:22 am EDT. It is yet another example of space becoming more accessible to civilians.

Notably, the launch is the first to take a movie crew to space, beating Tom Cruise, who plans to launch aboard a SpaceX rocket to shoot an as-yet-unnamed movie.

Russian film crew safely reaches orbit

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Approximately nine minutes after launch, the Soyuz MS-19 rocket carrying the crew reached orbit, setting them on a two-orbit, three-hour flight to the ISS. The crew is made up of Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, actress Yulia Peresild, and producer Klim Shipenko.

According to NASA, at the time of the launch, the ISS was flying roughly 260 miles (418 km) over southwest Kazakhstan. The Soyuz spacecraft is expected to dock at the ISS's Rassvet module at 8:12 am EDT. Approximately two hours later, the hatch between the spacecraft and the Rassvet module will open, allowing the film crew to join the Expedition 65 crew aboard the ISS, including astronauts from NASA and SpaceX's Crew-2 launch back in April. Live coverage can be viewed in the NASA TV feed below.