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On Tuesday, October 5, Russia launches the first film crew to the ISS - bypassing NASA and Tom Cruise

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, plans to launch a two-person film crew to the International Space Station (ISS) on a Soyuz rocket next week. Actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko will board the spacecraft together with cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, which will launch from Kazakhstan at 4:55 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday.

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Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, actress Yulia Peresild and film director Klim Shipenko during a training session before an expedition to the International Space Station at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, September 19, 2021.

For Shkaplerov, this will be the fourth flight into space, when he will pilot a spacecraft. At the space station, Peresild and Shipenko plan to spend 10 days shooting a film on a part belonging to Russia with the help of cosmonauts. In the film, which is called "The Challenge", Peresild plays a doctor who goes to the ISS to save an astronaut.

In the film, which is called "The Challenge," Peresild plays a doctor who goes to the ISS to save an astronaut, according to a source.

"I'm not afraid," Peresild said at a recent press conference. However, she added, "fear is normal."

As part of her training, Peresild flew a parabolic plane that flies in an arc up and down, simulating microgravity on the ISS for about 30 seconds at a time.

Astronauts and actors

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Actress Julia Peresild before her expedition to the International Space Station, September 19, 2021

"The first two seconds are scary," Peresild said, according to the Times. "Then it's fine." The actress shared that she will have to face difficulties during space shooting. In particular, she will do makeup on her own and do without lighting technicians and a sound engineer.

According to Shipenko, his task is to show the feeling of space through the eyes of an ordinary medical man, who will be played by Yulia Peresild. "We want everyone to be a little bit like our hero," he noted, "so that through her game everyone could experience the feeling of space travel." Three cosmonauts will play cameo roles in the film.

Julia can beat Tom Cruise and become the first actor to star in space. Last year, NASA announced that they were in talks with Cruise about filming a film on the ISS, but the timing was never published.

A few months later, Roscosmos announced its own space film commission and announced the casting of actresses to participate in the film. As a result, the agency chose the candidate of Peresild and changed the schedule of space flights to make it possible to launch in October.

Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko are due to return to Earth on another Soyuz spacecraft on October 16 and land in Kazakhstan just after midnight Eastern time the next day. Anton Shkaplerov will remain on board the station to perform his six-month duty, and cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky will complete his duty and return home with the film crew.

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and cosmonaut Peter Dubrov, who went to the ISS together with Oleg Novitsky, give up their seats for the return of the actress and director. They will return to Earth in March after spending almost a year in space. By then, the Vande Hei flight will be the longest spaceflight ever performed by an American, breaking the previous record held by astronaut Scott Kelly.

"I don't think it's really my record-I think it's going to belong to the whole team," Vande Hei told Insider in August. "This is just another step forward for humanity. I also don't expect it to be a record that will last very long, because we are doing something more significant and better all the time." One year in space will be "a drop in the bucket compared to a flight to Mars," he added.

2021 is the year of amateur space travelers.

Peresild and Shipenko will join a new category of space tourists and amateur astronauts.

In July, billionaire Richard Branson flew to the edge of space, experiencing microgravity himself, after spending a few minutes there onboard a spaceplane built by his company Virgin Galactic. Then, just nine days later, Jeff Bezos ascended to the edge of space on the New Shepard spacecraft, developed by Blue Origin, which he founded in 2000.

Earlier this month, SpaceX launched its first tourist crew into orbit. Billionaire Jared Isaacman has chartered the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft for a three-day flight. The crew, dubbed Inspiration4, included Isaakman and three other people, none of whom is a professional astronaut. However, the team went through almost six months of training to operate the spacecraft.

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