[WORLDKINGS] Top 500 Constant World Records (P. 408) The Challenge (Russia): World’s first feature-length fiction film shot in outer space


(WorldKings.org) Total time in space is 11 days, 22 hours and 13 minutes (35-40 minutes of production). On February 7, 2023, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared The Challenge as the “World’s first feature-length fiction film shot in outer space.”

Based on the world record nomination from Europe Records Institute (EURI) and Decision No. WK/USA.INDIA/962/2023/No.418, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared The Challenge as the “World’s first feature-length fiction film shot in outer space” on February 7, 2023.

The Challenge or Doctor's House Call is an upcoming Russian space drama film by Klim Shipenko. It is the first feature-length fiction film shot in outer space.


Plot: Cosmonaut Ivanov loses consciousness while the spacecraft is in flight. Doctors decide that it will be necessary to perform heart surgery right in zero gravity. Cardiac surgeon Zhenya, who does not have time to raise her three-year-old daughter, is preparing for the flight.

On May 14, 2021, the Interagency Committee approved the composition of the ISS main and alternate crews for the period 2021-2023. Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (commander) and the crew of the film, actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko, flew to the ISS on the Soyuz MS-19. The drama is a joint project of Roscosmos, Channel One and the Yellow, Black and White studio.

Klim Shipenko shot about 30 hours of material (30-40 minutes of film) on the ISS, as well as taking on the positions of director, operator, art director, and makeup artist. Oleg Novitsky and Peter Dubrov will appear in the film, with Dubrov and Mark Vande Hei assisting in the production. Shkaplerov will also appear in some scenes.

Of all the footage filmed in space, about 30% was filmed in the Nauka module, another third was filmed in the Zvezda module, and the remaining 30% was shot on the rest of ISS modules.


The MS-19 spacecraft launched on October 5 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The development of the project will be covered within the framework of the Evening Urgant program, whose members moved to the cosmodrome a week before launch. From September 12, on First Channel there will also be a reality show called The Challenge: The first in space, about the specifics of the selection and training of project participants.


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