Russia to Open New Frontier in Space, Shooting First Full-Length Movie
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MOSCOW — The first satellite in space, the first dog, the first man, the first woman and now — if
all goes as planned — the first movie.

Russia took a step closer on Thursday to claiming another record in space when a commission of medical and safety experts approved a plan for an actress and a director to blast off early next month to film the first full-length, fictional movie in space.

The movie, called "The Challenge," tells of a female doctor launched on short notice to the International Space Station to save the life of a cosmonaut. If filmed on schedule next month, it would beat Hollywood to low-Earth orbit.

NASA announced last year plans by Tom Cruise to film on the station. Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, then announced its moviemaking ambition.

At a news conference in Moscow before departing for the launch, the Russian actress, the director and their doubles — both roles have backups, lest a last-minute health problem derail the project — spoke enthusiastically about a new frontier in show business. They said they hoped to portray weightlessness as never before in fiction and, through the skills of a professional actress, the emotions of floating freely and seeing Earth from the heavens.

"For the first two seconds it's scary," said Yulia Peresild, who is on track to become the first actor in space, of her training on an airplane flight that briefly created a microgravity environment. "After that, it's beautiful."

Ms. Peresild and Klim Shipenko, the director on the primary crew, plan to fly up and back in a Soyuz capsule and spend 10 days filming in the Russian segment of the space station. It is not clear when NASA plans to start its space film project, but Russian…
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