By Blasting First Film Crew Into Orbit, Russia Stakes Claims in Space Tourism Race

Russia’s space agency Roscosmos has just delivered a Russian actress and a film director to the International Space Station (ISS) ahead of shooting the first feature film in space.

Actress Yulia Peresild, director Klim Shipenko and Roscosmos astronaut Anton Shkaplerov arrived at the orbiting science laboratory at 8:22 a.m. EDT on Tuesday morning after Shkaplerov safely guided their Soyuz MS-19 capsule into a docking bay, according to an ISS tweet.

They had launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan a few hours earlier.

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