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Other types of productions have been made in space in the past, such as “Apogee of Fear”, an eight-minute science fiction film shot by Richard Garriott, a private astronaut, in 2008. Mr. Garriott, a video game entrepreneur, paid $ 30. million for his seat on a Soyuz spacecraft, which he booked through Space Adventures, a space tourism broker. The company is reserving future missions to the space station aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
Several feature-length documentaries have relied heavily on videos shot on board the station. “Space Station 3D,” a short documentary from 2002 about the construction of the space station, was the first IMAX production filmed in space.
Are there any other in-orbit filming projects?
Tom Cruise may be planning to film something on the space station, but it’s unclear when exactly. Deadline, a Hollywood news publication, reported in 2020 that Mr. Cruise would fly into space aboard one of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsules for an action-adventure film directed by Doug Liman. Jim Bridenstine, who served as a NASA administrator under President Donald Trump, confirmed plans on Twitter at the time and hailed them as a chance to galvanize the public around space exploration.
The Russian space agency has announced plans to send an actress to the space station shortly after Mr. Cruise’s plans emerge.
What problems have the Russians had recently with the space station?
Astronauts have lived aboard the Space Station, a science lab the size of a football field, for more than 20 years, and it is starting to show signs of degradation, especially on the Russian side.
Several air leaks over the Russian segment of the outpost have been detected in recent years, although none posed an immediate danger to the station’s crew. Astronauts discovered a leak in Russia’s Zvezda service module last year using tea leaves and sealed the leak with space-grade glue and tape. Another gradual air leak is underway and its source has escaped Russian space officials.
And in July, the new Russian science module, Nauka, performed a chaotic docking procedure: Shortly after locking onto the station, the module’s thrusters started firing by mistake, spinning the entire space station. a turn and a half. None of the seven astronauts on board were injured, but it was a rare “space emergency” that sent NASA and Russian officials scrambling to return the station to its normal orientation.
Valerie Hopkins and Oleg Matsnev contributed reporting from Moscow.