Brad Pitt calls ISS: ‘Did you spot In­dian moon lan­der?’

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Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Brad Pitt had a ques­tion for Nasa as­tro­naut Nick Hague, cur­rently posted at the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion (ISS) on Mon­day. Pitt wanted to know if Hague had seen In­dia’s Chan­drayaan II lan­der Vikram land on the moon.

Pitt, who plays an as­tro­naut in his up­com­ing space drama “Ad As­tra”, sat down for a con­ver­sa­tion with Hague, an Amer­i­can as­tro­naut who went to space in March 2019 on 59th ex­pe­di­tion to the ISS. Hague, a colonel in the US Air Force, is part of a team sta­tioned at ISS in the low Earth or­bit.

A videograb shows ac­tor Brad Pitt (L), who palys an as­tro­naut in his up­com­ing movie, speak­ing to Nick Hague abroad the ISS on Mon­day from Nasa head­quar­ters in Wash­ing­ton

In a con­ver­sa­tion that lasted 20 min­utes, Pitt asked Hague a range of ques­tions: from

what it was like to live in space, to who con­trols the jam box. The con­ver­sa­tion was broad­cast live on Nasa TV. The space agency also shared a link of the con­ver­sa­tion from its of­fi­cial Twit­ter han­dle. The di­a­logue was also meant to gen­er­ate more aware­ness around space ex­plo­ration pro­grammes.

Dur­ing the con­ver­sa­tion, Pitt asked, “I got to go to JPL (Jet Propul­sion Lab­o­ra­tory) last week and it was on the day when In­dia was land­ing on the moon and the United States were as­sist­ing them in that ef­fort. Could you see that from where you are?” “No, un­for­tu­nately, I along with the rest of the crew had to fol­low along with the news re­ports,” Hague replied.

On Septem­ber 7, Isro lost com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Vikram lan­der min­utes be­fore touch­down. It has been try­ing to reestab­lish con­tact since then.

In its tweet at 9pm on Mon­day, Nasa tweeted: “LIVE NOW: There’s an in­com­ing call … from space! @AstroHague is talk­ing to #AdAs­tra ac­tor Brad Pitt about what it’s like to live and work aboard the @Space_S­ta­tion. Watch.”

In the end, Pitt had an act­ing ques­tion for Hague, who had watched “Ad As­tra” in a pre-screen­ing. “Nick, last ques­tion, and I need to call on your ex­per­tise. Who was more be­liev­able: Clooney (in Grav­ity) or Pitt?” he asked. “You were, ab­so­lutely,” an­swered Hague. Elon

Musk re­vealed that he hired a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor for $50,000 to back up his as­ser­tion in a 2018 tweet that a British caver was a “pedo guy”. Musk is now ask­ing a judge to forgo a trial and a throw out a law­suit by the caver, Ver­non Unsworth, ac­cus­ing Musk of defama­tion. “By re­fer­ring to Mr Unsworth as ‘pedo guy,’ I did not in­tend to con­vey any facts or im­ply that Mr Unsworth had en­gaged in acts of pae­dophilia,” Musk said in a court fil­ing on Mon­day.

“Pedo guy was a com­mon in­sult used in South Africa when I was grow­ing up. It is syn­ony­mous with ‘creepy old man’ and is used to in­sult a per­son’s ap­pear­ance and de­meanor, not ac­cuse a per­son of pae­dophilia.”

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Man head­butts boat­man in Venice over selfie

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