New Delhi: On Monday, Brad Pitt called the International Space Station (ISS) to talk to American astronaut Nick Hague. The call was broadcast on Nasa TV, and was part of Pitt's promotional tour for his film Ad Astra, where he plays the role of an astronaut sent on a dangerous mission.
Pitt asked astronaut Nick Hague about life aboard the ISS. Hague told him that astronauts work from 7.30 in the morning to 7.30 at night.
Brad also asked Hague whether he had been able to watch the landing of India's Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lander, which was supposed to touch the Moon's South Pole on September 7.
Hague, who is currently living with two other Americans, two Russians and one Italian on the ISS, answered, "No, unfortunately."
On September 7, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) lost all communication with Chandryaan-2's Vikram lander just a few minutes before touchdown. Since then, Isro has been trying to establish communication with Vikram lander, but to no avail.
Chandrayaan-2 is the second lunar mission developed by Isro after Chandrayaan-1, which was launched in 2008. Chandrayaan-2 mission took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 22. However, all communication was lost with the Vikram lander, which was to have landed on the lunar surface on September 7.
The lander was supposed to make a soft and controlled landing near the South Pole of the Moon, when it lost all communication with ground control, during the final stage of the descent on September 7.
Pitt, meanwhile, during the promotions of Ad Astra, had another question for astronaut Nick Hague. Pitt asked Hague in the final few minutes of the call if he was more believable as an astronaut than George Clooney, who had starred in the 2013 space film Gravity. Hague answered, "Absolutely," and laughed.
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