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Astronaut accidentally dials wrong number

By T.K. Randall
December 28, 2015 · Comment icon 16 comments

It's not every day that you get a call from space. Image Credit: NASA
British astronaut Tim Peake dialed up an unsuspecting pensioner and said, 'hello, is this planet Earth ?'
When it comes to wrong numbers - nothing can beat receiving a phone call from outer space.

Peake, who began his stint aboard the International Space Station earlier this month, had been trying to phone up his parents to wish them a Merry Christmas when the incident happened.
He later Tweeted an apology after realizing his mistake.

Peake will be spending six months aboard the International Space Station where, among other things, he will attempt to run a marathon while weightless and strapped to a treadmill.

His findings are set to help scientists better understand the toll of space flight on the human body and how this problem might be negated during future missions to Mars.

Source: Daily Record | Comments (16)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
I would be so stoked if that happened to me! Lucky lady!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Infernal Gnu 7 years ago
Give him some busy work to keep him away from the ship's critical control systems, like going space walking and scraping all the plankton off the hull, a sort of long overdue "spaceship wash." You don't want him pushing a series of pretty colored buttons just to see what they do.
Comment icon #9 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
I wonder what was the initial reaction of the pensioner lol Depending on the person, heart attack maybe? Maybe a hang-up and cursing?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Peter B 7 years ago
I wonder what was the initial reaction of the pensioner lol "'Arry? Is that you, 'Arry? Come on, you're not in space. You're down at the local."
Comment icon #11 Posted by Sundew 7 years ago
lol which other planet would it be? I could make the usual joke about Uranus, but it's too easy.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Paranomali 7 years ago
I so wish i received that call! Lucky pensioner haha
Comment icon #13 Posted by coolguy 7 years ago
So cool,i wish they would have called me
Comment icon #14 Posted by Deirdre Alexandra143 7 years ago
Damn binary number s
Comment icon #15 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
"Hello, this is the interspace operator. Please disregard that call."
Comment icon #16 Posted by Silent Trinity 7 years ago
I can imagine the tyrade of expletives he received about the terrible youth of today making disrespectful childish calls before the loud disgruntled sound of a phone slamming onto a receiver. Especially given the humble sounding nature of the apology tweet haha, whoops!

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