Russian film crew reach international space station

A Russian actor and director arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday.

The cameras were rolling as Yulia Peresild floated through the hatch of the ISS on a mission to make the first film in space.

Peresild and director Klim Shipenko will spend 12 days on board filming scenes for their movie 'the Challenge'.

"Everything was new to us today. Every 30 seconds brought us something entirely new. And we've just met the rest of the crew, the cosmonauts and astronauts who had been living on board the station for some time now. But I'm still in a dream. I still feel that it's all just a dream and I'm asleep"

Earlier, footage from the space station showed their Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft docking at the station, 220 miles above Earth.

The film they're producing has Peresild playing a doctor, who travels to the space station to save a cosmonaut's life.

Cosmonaut crew members are also set to appear in the film.

The project puts Russia on course to beat the U.S. in the latest chapter in the space race - movie making.

Last year, NASA announced plans for Hollywood star Tom Cruise to blast off on a SpaceX rocket for a yet-to-be-named film.

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