NASA has announced actor Brad Pitt, who will play an astronaut in his latest film, had an opportunity to discuss living and working in space with a NASA crew member living about the International Space Station, the administration said.
Pitt´s Earth-to-space call aired live on Sept. 16 on NASA Television and the agency´s website.
NASA astronaut Nick Hague answered questions from the actor. For nearly 20 years, astronauts have continuously lived and work on the International Space Station, testing technologies, performing science and developing the skills needed to explore farther from Earth.
In Pitt´s new film Ad Astra, which Hague and his Expedition 60 crewmates recently watched aboard the orbiting laboratory, Pitt travels across the solar system, including to the Moon and Mars. Without providing spoilers, the parallels between the movie and the current state of human spaceflight stop there, making the film more science fiction than reality. However, the agency did provide visuals for the film and some technical expertise.
The agency is planning to return astronauts to the Moon in the next five years with commercial and international partners. First, NASA will send a suite of new science instruments and technology demonstrations to the Moon on commercial landers.
Following the 2024 crew landing, NASA will send astronauts to the Moon about once per year thereafter and establish sustainable lunar exploration by 2028.