Italian astronaut supports space tourism and outer space film production – Science & Space

ROME, December 17. /TASS/. European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has admitted that she would be interested in watching a film shot in space.

“I would be fascinated to see this film! she said in an interview with TASS on Friday.

The astronaut who will be the first European woman to command the International Space Station (ISS) sees nothing strange in space tourism. According to her, there are advantages to this. “I am convinced that there is a place for tourism [in space]now it’s a reality, but it’s only affordable for the wealthy, or recently ordinary people have been offered space travel by wealthy people,” she said.

“I can’t say that space tourism is my passion, but I’m not criticizing it, on the contrary, I see a host of advantages in it. Any space launch makes it possible to learn, to collect information, to improve and to strengthen the reliability of the technology. In this context, we can only be delighted!” insisted the astronaut.

In October, aboard the ISS, a film called “Challenge” was shot in space for the first time in history. The film tells the story of a female doctor who agrees to go on a space mission to save the life of a cosmonaut. Actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko spent 12 days aboard the ISS. Cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky, Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov also appeared in some of the film’s episodes. The space drama is a joint project of Russian space agency Roscosmos, Channel One TV and Yellow, Black and White studio. According to Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin, production of the film is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

The Cristoforetti-led mission, which also includes NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins, is scheduled to launch aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon in the spring of 2022 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Cristoforetti is the first European female astronaut to lead a mission to the ISS. This flight will be his second.

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