Russian actors are filming a space movie – on location

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Russian actors are filming a space movie – on location

The mission aims to beat Hollywood to it after a project announced earlier this year by Tom Cruise with Nasa and SpaceX

Olzhas Auyezov

A Russian crew of two cosmonauts, a movie director and an actress blasted off for the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday to shoot the first movie in space, the latest twist in decades of Russia-US space rivalry.

The Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft docked at 1212 GMT at the station, which orbits Earth at an altitude of about 354km.

Russian state media provided blanket and patriotic coverage in the run-up, with a countdown clock running on Channel One and news anchors framing the development as a significant breakthrough by Russia that the rest of the world was watching closely...

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