NASA is working with Tom Cruise to make a film in space

NASA is working with Tom Cruise to make a film in space
The NASA chief confirmed Tuesday that the space agency is working with actor Tom Cruise to make a film about the International Space Station. A NASA spokesman also confirmed to CNN Business that Cruise will launch into space and remain aboard the station, a multi-billion dollar laboratory that orbits about 250 miles above Earth.
Rotating astronaut crews have been living on the ISS continuously since 2000 and some paying tourists have stopped at the station over the years. At some point, the pop star Lance Bass, of the fame of the NSYNC boyband, planned a visit in the early 2000s, although that journey did not begin.

Some films were shot on board the space station, including a 2002 IMAX documentary narrated by Cruise. “Apogee of Fear” from 2012, a science fiction film, was also filmed in space by entrepreneur and space tourist Richard Garriott, the son of an astronaut.

But Cruise may be the first actor to endure extraterrestrial travel.

“We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to turn @ NASA’s ambitious plans into reality,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Deadline history released last Tuesday, the film will mark “the first narrative feature – an action adventure – to be shot in space”.

It’s unclear how or when Cruise will travel to the space station or which other crew members can join him.

Russia is the only country with the ability to fly humans to and from the space station, but SpaceX and Boeing have worked for years to develop spacecraft capable of returning that ability to the United States. SpaceX vehicle Crew Dragon is expected to complete its first manned mission on the ISS by the end of the month.

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Unlike the human space flight programs of previous decades, however, NASA will not own and operate the vehicles of SpaceX or Boeing. Both companies will be authorized to sell seats aboard their spacecraft to tourists or others willing to pay the multimillion-dollar price.

SpaceX had previously announced that it would work with third-party companies to sell seats aboard Crew Dragon for approximately $ 50 million each.

Even NASA released a directive from last year that included plans to allow non-governmental space travelers to pay the space agency for using the facilities of the International Space Station.

This document also indicated how much certain services could cost: the use of life support equipment and toilets were listed at $ 11,250 per day. Food, air and other supplies were priced at $ 22,500 a day.

The International Space Station was built as a partnership between dozens of countries, but the United States and Russia are its main operators. Maintain the US part of the orbiting laboratory, where astronauts conduct scientific and commercial research every year costs U.S. taxpayers range from about $ 3 to $ 4 billion, according to a 2018 government relationship.

Rachel Crane of CNN Business contributed to this report.


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