There’s been a lot of controversy in recent months surrounding the pleasure trips outgoing to outer space. These include the recent trips of billionaire Jeff Bezos and “Star Trek” actor William Shatner. However, compared to the efforts of Russian filmmakers, their trips pale in comparison. After 12 days of filming in on the International Space Station, a Russian actress and film director landed safely on Earth today in Kazakhstan. The Russian film has famously become the first movie filmed in space.
According to the Daily Mail, Russian actress Yulia Peresild and film director Klim Shipenko spent 12 days aboard the International Space Station. They occupied their time filming scenes for the upcoming movie, “The Challenge.”
Apparently, while presumedly challenging, Peresild was disappointed to see the adventure come to an end. Footage following their landing shows the actress holding white flowers and surrounded by journalists.
“It seemed that 12 days would be a lot,” the actress said. “But I did not want to leave when everything was over.”
As for the film, the outlet claims “The Challenge” centers around a surgeon sent to the ISS to save a cosmonaut. Both astronauts on board the ISS during filming as well as the pair’s landing today will feature in the new movie.
The Daily Mail reports that Russia’s latest venture has given them a lead in the race to space for filmmakers. The outlet stated that if the Russian film remains on track, they will beat out a similar American Hollywood project. The American project saw the announcement by Tom Cruise, alongside NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
Russia Struggles to Remain Relevant in International Space Race
The Russian film is remarkable in and of itself. While remarkable as the first movie to be filmed extraterrestrially, the venture comes in a line of firsts for Russia’s space program. The foreign space program, Roscomos, previously sent the first satellite, the first man, the first woman, and the first dog into outer space during the Soviet era.
However, now the current innovations of the Russian agency are lacking. Roscomos struggles to remain relevant among the international space race. Currently, the nation’s Kremlin puts primary focus on military spending, rather than extraterrestrial research and ventures.
The news outlet further reported that countries such as the United States and China further advance current space exploration efforts. On the other hand, Russia remains dependent upon Soviet-designed technology.
In efforts to diversify Roscomos’ space program, the agency announced it would revive plans to push tourism into outer space. The space agency aims to transport “fee-paying” adventurers to the ISS. However, a major concern would be whether or not the space station itself could accommodate such efforts. As space travel slowly becomes more and more accessible to everyday civilians, we can’t help but wonder what the impact will be for those professionals onboard the ISS as well as the impact on the atmosphere surrounding the earth.