Tom Cruise gets October 2021 date for NASA/SpaceX trip to ISS

Go for launch! Tom Cruise gets October 2021 date for NASA/SpaceX trip to make movie on board the International Space Station

  • Space Shuttle Almanac tweeted a graph of planned launches to ISS 
  • It showed Cruise and director Doug Liman listed as tourists on the October 2021 launch piloted by NASA and Space Shuttle veteran Michael Lopez-Alegria
  • The Hollywood star’s plan to film on the ISS was announced earlier this year
  • Additional details of the project are not yet known

He’s renowned for taking risks as the star of the Mission: Impossible movies.

And now Tom Cruise is confirmed for what’s probably his most daring mission yet.

It seems the Hollywood star, 58, will be on board the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on its scheduled October 2021 trip to the International Space Station, according to Space Shuttle Almanac.

Mission Possible: Tom Cruise’s plan to make a movie on board the International Space Station is set for October 2021 as Hollywood star gets first tourist seat in SpaceX Dragon Crew

As first reported by NME.com on Tuesday, the Space Shuttle Almanac tweeted out a graph of the upcoming planned launches to the ISS complete with crew manifests.

Aboard the first tourist trip, the schedule notes, will be Cruise and director Doug Liman, 55. 

It’s official! Cruise and director Doug Liman are listed on the October 2021 launch

NASA and Space Shuttle veteran Michael Lopez-Alegria will be the pilot on the trip and there is one, as yet unfilled, tourist place available in the new four-person Crew Dragon.

It had been announced earlier this year that Cruise and Liman had teamed up with SpaceX founder Elon Musk and NASA to make a movie aboard the ISS.

Back in May, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted: ‘NASA is excited to work with @TomCruise on a film aboard the @Space_Station!’

He explained: ‘We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality.’

Official: The Space Shuttle Almanac on Friday tweeted out a graph of the upcoming launches to the ISS complete with crew manifests with Cruise and director Doug Liman included

In command: NASA and Space Shuttle veteran Michael Lopez-Alegria will be the pilot and there is one, as yet unfilled, tourist place available in the new four-person Crew Dragon

‘Excited’: Back in May, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine had confirmed the rumors of Cruises project with this tweet

Little else is known about Cruise’s plans to shoot in space except that it’s believed Liman has penned a draft screenplay for the project.

It’s also been reported that Cruise’s Mission: Impossible collaborator Christopher McQuarrie is also involved in the movie. 

Cruise and Liman worked together on the films American Made, released in 2017, and 2014’s Edge Of Tomorrow.

Cruise has never been one to shy away from daring challenges for his movies, and is known for his detailed preparations and daring stunts.

In 2016, the actor broke his ankle while performing a rooftop-to-rooftop leap on the London location set of Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

He also famously hung on to the side of a plane as the jet took off for a scene in 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and climbed Dubai’s skyscraper Buri Khalifa in 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.  

Collaborators: Little else is known about Cruise’s plans to shoot in space except it’s believed Liman has penned a draft screenplay for the project. The two are pictured in New York in 2014

Friends: Cruise, 58, and Liman, 55, worked together on the films American Made, released in 2017, (pictured) and 2014’s Edge Of Tomorrow and both share a passion for planes

Daredevil: Cruise has never been one to shy away from daring challenges for his movies, and is known for his detailed preparations and daring stunts, such as this one in M:I – Rogue Nation


No fear: In 2016, the actor broke his ankle while performing a rooftop-to-rooftop leap on the London location set of Mission: Impossible – Fallout

The groundbreaking public-private partnership between NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX took a giant leap forward on May 30 when the Crew Dragon spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

On board were NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken marking the first crewed launch to the International Space Station from the United States since the final flight of NASA’s Space Shuttle fleet in 2011.  

The mission was a complete success with the astronauts returning safely to Earth on August 2. 

Groundbreaking partnership: SpaceX founder Elon Musk, pictured in January, made history when his commercially-built space craft took NASA astronauts to the ISS earlier this year

Historic: NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken, wearing specially designed Crew Dragon spacesuits, were the first to return to space from a US launch since 2011

Return: The Crew Dragon spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on May 30, nine years after the end of NASA’s Space Shuttle program

Flawless: The mission was a complete success with the astronauts returning safely to Earth on August 2. Pictured, Crew Dragon capsule is recovered from its splashdown in Gulf of Mexico

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