NASA said Tuesday it is working with Tom Cruise to shoot a film on the International Space Station, but details on the arrangements are scarce.
The news that Cruise was in talks to shoot an action-adventure film on the space station was first announced on Monday by Deadline, who said the actor is working with SpaceX on the project.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted Tuesday that the agency was “delighted to be working with Tom Cruise on a film aboard the space station. We need popular media to inspire a new generation of NASA engineers and scientists ” s ambitious plans are a reality.
Cruise, the 57-year-old star of Top Gun and the Impossible mission cinema franchise, has already achieved daring stunts. NASA did not confirm Tuesday whether Cruise would travel to the space station as part of the film.
SpaceX has not confirmed his role in the film project, but Cruise may fly to the space station aboard the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. The Crew Dragon is designed to carry up to four people to and from low Earth orbit, potentially enough room for Cruise, a small film crew and a professional astronaut at the controls.
Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, tweeted on Tuesday: “It should be fun! “
Last year, NASA said it would allow private astronauts to spend up to 30 days on the International Space Station. Paid passengers would fly to the station aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft or Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, the two human-sized spacecraft developed by American industry in partnership with NASA.
Private companies would pay for access to the research outpost in orbit, and commercial companies would be responsible for financing the launch of the flight and the trip to the space station.
Earlier this year, space tourism company Space Adventures – which organized the flight of Garriott and other wealthy passengers to the station aboard a Russian spacecraft – announced an agreement with SpaceX to fly paying passengers on a Crew Dragon spaceship without going to the space station. Instead, the Crew Dragon contracted by Space Adventures will fly by itself in Earth orbit, reaching altitudes hundreds of kilometers above the space station to provide passengers with a wider view of Earth.
Axiom Space announced in March that it has signed a contract with SpaceX to transport a professional astronaut and three paying passengers to the International Space Station next year.
Deadline announced Monday that the film project is “real” but in the “early stages” of development. No studio is yet attached to the film, Deadline reported.
Cruise told the 2002 IMAX documentary film 3D space station, which was filmed by astronauts during the assembly of the International Space Station. A science fiction short film named Peak of fear was filmed on the space station in 2008 by Richard Garriott, who paid for his trip in orbit on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
But celebrity spaceflights and previous plans for orbiting film projects faltered before reaching the launch pad.
NSYNC singer Lance Bass began training to fly on a Soyuz mission to the space station in 2002, but his sponsorships failed. A Russian actor hoped to go to the Russian space station Mir in 2000, but the project collapsed due to lack of funds.
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