On 7 September, the Indian space agency (ISRO) lost contact with the moon-lander minutes before its scheduled touchdown.
As part of the promotional tour for his science fiction film Ad Astra, Pitt on Monday called up NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) to speak to American astronaut Hague.
However, what surprised many in the 20-minute-long phone conversation between Pitt and Hague was the former asking the NASA astronaut if he was able to watch the failed landing of the Indian moon mission Chandrayaan-2.
Although Hague replied that he hadn't seen the craft, the twitterati were nevertheless amazed at the War Machine star’s knowledge of the Indian moon mission.
Netizens took to twitter to express their joy over Pitt’s interest in Chandrayaan-2.
Brad Pitt asked astronaut Nick Hague whether he spotted Chandrayan’s Vikram Moon lander!@isro has given us a remarkable position in the entire world. Their upcoming missions include:— Anupriya Singh (@cricketwoman) September 17, 2019
India’s own space station
Amazed to see that Brad Pitt knows so much about the Indian moon mission! Makes me proud as an Indian. Jai Hind🇮🇳— Archna Arora (@ArchnaArora3) September 17, 2019
#WebduniaCheck Hollywood actor Brad Pitt calls up the International Space Station to talk with astronaut Nick Hague (AstroHague), and asked him whether he had spotted the Vikram lander of Chandrayaan 2. pic.twitter.com/NQSeWvgkcC— Webdunia Check (@WebduniaCheck) September 17, 2019
Brad Pitt enquired about Chandrayaan 2 😍 https://t.co/GLhan8om2t— HARI AARON 🔥தல⁶⁰ ⚡️ ˢᵒᵒⁿ (@hari2u96) September 17, 2019
ISRO lost contact with the Vikram lander on 7 September during the last stage of the Moon landing operation, minutes before it was due to land near the lunar South Pole.
However, on 8 September, ISRO chief Kailasavadivoo Sivan announced that the space agency has found the Vikram Lander on the Moon's surface.
If the mission had succeeded it would have been the first Indian object to make a soft landing on the moon, and the first object of any kind to land on the South Pole of the Moon.