A Russian crew of two astronauts, a film director and an actress left for the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday to shoot the first film in space, the latest turning point in decades of Russia-US space rivalry.
NS soyuz The MS-19 spacecraft is set to dock at the station at 12:12 GMT (5:42pm IST), orbiting Earth at an altitude of about 220 miles (354 km).
Russian state media provided blanket and patriotic coverage in the run-up, a countdown timer running on Channel One and news anchors framed the development as a significant success by Russia, which the rest of the world is watching closely.
The fanfare contrasts with the mixed fortunes of Russia’s own space industry, which has been beset by delays, accidents and corruption scandals in recent years as US-based private firms backed by wealthy businessmen develop new spacecraft.
The Russian mission is designed to debut earlier this year before the Hollywood project announced together by actor Tom Cruise NASA and SpaceX.
Russia, as the first Soviet Union, and the United States competed fiercely to reach various space exploration milestones: Russia launched the first satellite and put the first man and woman in space, but NASA beat it. Gave. Moon Alight.
The Russian film titled “The Challenge” focuses on the story of a doctor, portrayed by actress Yulia Peresild, who is asked to travel to the space station to save the life of an astronaut. Cosmonaut crew members will also be seen in the film.
Director Klim Shipenko, whose height of 1.9 m (6 ft 2 in) makes flying in a small capsule particularly challenging, has already said that he was looking forward to one. Mars planetbased sequel.
Reflecting the Soviet roots of Russia’s space industry, the crew will be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the steps of Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia. Russia leases the cosmodrome.
Officials say Russia’s own, new Vostochny Cosmodrome is years away from service for manned aircraft.
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