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James Cameron Wants to go to Space Station, Film Documentary


Written by: E! Online
Date: April 30, 2001

TITANIC director James Cameron wants to ride the Russian Soyuz rocket to Space Station Alpha to film a series of documentaries, a 3D Big Movie, and a string of TV Specials for the Fox network.


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'James Cameron's Star Trek'

Forget all that King of the World nonsense, James Cameron's gunning to be Lord of Universe.

The Titanic director has announced his intention to hitch a ride aboard the Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station (news - web sites) and make a movie of his experiences.

"I think we need to keep the dream of exploration alive," Cameron tells the New York Post. "If people realized how important the space station is as a stepping stone to the stars and the thing that excites the human heart, they would get behind it more."

According to a USA Today report, Cameron has been negotiating with Russian rocket-builders RKK Energia for several months about taking part in a future mission à la Dennis Tito.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker tells the Post he's "not interested in being a space tourist" like Tito, but rather plans to take a film camera along to document the experience for the six billion or so of us that don't get to share in the adventure.

The footage will take the form of a series of documentaries, as well as a 3-D IMAX® movie and a series of TV specials for the Fox network. "The idea of chronicling the greatest adventure of our modern time, the building of our space station, is a good reason to go," he says.

He also has reportedly been negotiating with the Russian Space Agency about conducting a space walk--the first ever for a nonprofessional.

Cameron, a well-known space and science buff who used a specially crafted Russian-built submersible to shoot footage of the real Titanic for his blockbuster film, told E! Online last year that he wanted to go to Mir and shoot footage of his experience. But those dreams were dashed when the creaky Russian vessel was brought down to Earth earlier this year.

Right now, Cameron tells the Post his space status has been put in "an indefinite holding pattern" while NASA (news - web sites) and the Russian Space Agency work out a coherent protocol on training and guidelines to address the growing interest of space tourists.

The decision was made recently in the wake of California millionaire financier Tito, who paid more than $20 million to blast off Saturday with two Russian cosmonauts on a Soyuz spacecraft on an expedition to Space Station Alpha.

If NASA and the Russian Space Agency can hash out their differences and give Cameron the nod, he'll be required to spend anywhere from a year to 18 months training along with other cosmonauts before climbing aboard a Soyuz rocket. If all goes well, then Cameron's mission would likely take him into orbit sometime by the end of 2002.

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