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Russia beats US for second time in space race

Date: 09 October 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous


Russia has become the first country in the world to send a crew to International Space Station (ISS) to shoot a movie.



Russia has overtaken USA in achieving this feat. A Hollywood movie project was soon slated to visit ISS to shoot a movie.



  • Actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko were among the three members of the movie team to travel to International Space Station (ISS) in a Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft.

  • The movie has been titled Vyzov, or The Challenge. About 30-40 minutes of footage will be shot on International Space Station (ISS).

  • The movie team will spend a total of 12 days in ISS. This has been considered a great achievement for Russia.


Other projects

Hollywood star Tom Cruise had announced a project to shoot in ISS. The movie was backed by NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.


“The challenge”

  • The story is about an astronaut whose spacecraft is hit by debris and becomes injured during middle of flight.

  • The astronaut is unable to return to Earth in the condition. A surgeon is flown to the space station to treat the astronaut.


Reason for the movie

  • The film team gives the argument of photorealism as the motivation for shooting it in space. However, evidence does not justify the argument.

  • Modern films have the technological advantage of graphics in which any location can be recreated in utmost perfect imitation.

  • Locations ranging from outer Earth, Middle Earth, Space station, Mars or any other planet can be developed with only a green screen and computers.


Real argument

National Pride is said to be the real reason behind undertaking the project. It will showcase Russia’s space capabilities.



The preparation for space mission requires considerable physical and mental strength. Astronauts have to undertake grueling training to succeed in their mission.