Russian space crew shot 30 hours of footage aboard International Space Station
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A Russian film crew recorded about 30 hours of film while in space for a shooting session onboard the International Space Station.

The crew, which is working on a film with the working title "The Challenge," landed back to Earth on Sunday after spending 12 days in space shooting the movie, according to CBS News.

Director Klim Shipenko said during a news conference that of the 30 hours of footage that was recorded, nearly 30 minutes will actually make it into the full feature, CBS News noted. The film is said to follow a surgeon who has to travel to space in order to save a colleague with a serious heart condition.

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Actor Yulia Peresild and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov joined Shipenko on the trip earlier this month to gather footage for the film, which will be completed on Earth. Prior to taking off, Peresild detailed the strenuous training she went through in order to prepare to film in space.

“We worked really hard and we are really tired, even though we stay in good spirits and smile,” Pereslid said at the time. “It was psychologically, physically and morally hard. But I think that once we achieve the goal, all that will seem not so difficult and we will remember it with a smile.”

Shipenko reportedly said that he believes the film will be a box office hit.

It is scheduled to be in production through the end of next year, CBS News noted. 

The Russian crew reportedly narrowly beat out U.S. superstar Tom Cruise, who is set to film his own movie in space soon.