A Russian actress and film director rode into orbit Tuesday alongside a veteran Russian cosmonaut, taking aim on the International Space Station to shoot scenes for a feature-length movie. The three-person crew blasted off on a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:55 a.m. EDT (0855 GMT) Tuesday. Docking occurred at 8:22 a.m. EDT (1222 GMT).
America won the race to the moon, but Russia still proudly claims the most space “firsts,” including the first satellite, the first man in space, the first woman, the first spacewalk, the first multi-member crew and the first space station. Now, with commercial spaceflight blasting off in the United States, Russia aims to chalk up another first Tuesday, launching a Russian actress and director to the International Space Station to film scenes for a feature-length movie.