"We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make NASA 's ambitious plans a reality", Bridenstine emphasized, commenting on such a film's potential to contribute to the public good.
One of my biggest fears is that I have to watch Tom Cruise die while doing the thing that he loves the most i.e. making films. Whatever it ends up being, Cruise will be going where no other Hollywood actor has been before.
It's not clear how or when Cruise will travel to the space station or what additional crew members may join him.
Russian Federation is now the only country able to send people to the ISS, however SpaceX and Boeing have been working for years to make the United States capable of the feat. "I had a contract with the Russians in 2000 to go to the International Space Station and shoot a high-end 3D documentary there", Cameron told Empire.
That document also laid out how much certain services could cost: Use of life-support equipment - and the toilet - were listed at US$11,250 per day.
Astronauts have not launched into orbit from the United States since NASA's space shuttle program was retired in 2011.
He gained his commercial piloting license after his role in Top Gun as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a hotshot US Navy pilot who has a risky and reckless flying style, and reportedly flew some aircraft in the long-awaited sequel to the 1986 classic due later this year.