Russia launched an actress and a film director into space in a bid to best the United States to the first movie in orbit.

Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (C), actress Yulia Peresild (L) and film director Klim Shipenko walking to board the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft prior to its launch at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Oct. 5, 2021.

(AFP Photo/Russian Space Agency Roscosmos)

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