A film in space – level 3

08-10-2021 15:00

Russia has sent an actor and a director to the International Space Station (ISS) as a part of plans to make the first film in orbit.

Actor Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko joined cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov on a flight to the ISS where they will spend 12 days on the space outpost filming segments of a movie titled ‘The Challenge’, in which Peresild plays a surgeon who rushes to the space station. She is trying to save a crew member who suffers from a heart condition.

The film crew spent four months training for the mission, and it will complete the final scenes back on Earth. The film is likely to be ahead in cinemas of a proposed Hollywood project announced by Tom Cruise, NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

Difficult words: orbit (a regular path that an object in space takes around another one), outpost (an isolated station or camp), segment (each of the parts into which something’s divided).

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