A Russian actor blasts off to make a movie on the International Space Station

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Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (center), along with film director Klim Shipenko (right) and actress Yulia Peresild (left) pose for a photo ahead of the launch of the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome.

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Hatches between the Soyuz spaceship and the station will open around two hours after the ship docks, allowing the Soyuz crew to join the others already staying at the ISS. NASA will have live coverage available.

Peresild and Shipenko will stay on the space station for 12 days before returning to Earth, with Shkaplerov planned to stay through next March.

The film crew may not have trouble finding space to film aboard the station — at 356 feet long, it’s roughly the size of a football field.

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According to NASA, the ISS has six sleeping quarters, two bathrooms, a gym, and a 360-degree view window.

Commercial space travel is booming — the first all-civilian crew successfully reached orbit earlier this year.

Peresild isn’t the only actor to visit space this month. William Shatner will join the crew of Blue Origin’s New Shepard for a spaceflight on Oct.12. Shatner played the role of Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek and at 90, he’ll become the oldest person to have flown in space, according to Blue Origin.

Hollywood may soon reach low-Earth orbit as well: Last year, the NASA administrator at the time confirmed the agency is looking to work with Tom Cruise on a future movie filmed in space.

This story originally published in the Morning Edition live blog.

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