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'The Challenge' – Russia releases first feature film shot in space

01:33 PM | 21 Apr, 2023
'The Challenge' – Russia releases first feature film shot in space
Source: Twitter

The Russian film industry just beat Hollywood star Tom Cruise together with NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX! In first, a feature film titled The Challenge that was shot in space premiered in Russian cinemas.

The film revolves around a surgeon, essayed by the 38-year-old actress Yulia Peresild, who is dispatched to the International Space Station (ISS) to save an injured cosmonaut.

Russian authorities sent the actress and the director, Klim Shipenko, for 12 days on the ISS in October 2021 to film the space scenes. Shipenko successfully brought 30 hours of footage, out of which 50 minutes were used in the final cut.

According to media outlets, Peresild and Shipenko underwent training for four months before voyaging into space on a Soyuz spacecraft accompanied by cosmonauts. The Soyuz MS-18 capsule brought back Peresild and Shipenko to Earth. Ahead of the project's release, the capsule was put on display in central Moscow. 

The film is reportedly a joint project of space agency Roscosmos and top Russian TV network Channel One. did not hide his joy in beating Hollywood. According to Konstantin Ernst, The Challenge cost less than a billion rubles ($12 million).

At a recent Kremlin gala, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the film stating, "We [Russians] are the first to have shot a feature film in orbit, aboard a spacecraft. Once again the first."

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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