Hollywood actor Brad Pitt on Monday called the International Space Station (ISS) and spoke to American astronaut Nick Hague. The call, which was part of Brad Pitt's promotional campaign for his umcoming movie "Ad Astra", was broadcast on NASA TV.
During their conversation, while the actor-astronaut duo mostly discussed the weightless life in space, there came a point when Brad Pitt, like millions of concerned Indians, could not stop himself from asking about India's moon mission Chandrayaan-2.
"The calluses on my feet have basically gone away because I don't walk on the bottoms of my feet... But now I have calluses across the top of my foot, around my big toe, because I'm constantly hanging on things with my big toe," Hague said.
"Thats incredible to see," Pitt replied and asked further some really interesting questions, like who controls the music at ISS and hows life there.
He then asked if he has been able to spot the Indian moon lander Vikram, who went incommunicado moments before its scheduled touchdown on the lunar surface on September 7. The astronaut, however, replied in negative. "No, unfortunately," he replied.
Brad Pitt in a still from his film (Photo: Twitter/@PunitKhanapure)
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s ambitions to touch down the south pole of the Moon faced a snap on Saturday as the Vikram Lander deviated from its path and lost contact with the ground control room moments before landing on lunar surface.
ISRO Chief K Sivan said that Vikram lander descent went as planned and normal performance was observed unto altitude of 2.1 kilometers when it stopped sending the data.
However, the Vikram lander suddenly deviated from its path as soon as the fine braking phase started and stopped sending data back to the ground control. Although the scientists were observing the data to reach on any conclusion, there is still hope that the agency might be able to establish contact with the mission.