Oops: UK astronaut Tim Peake calls wrong number from space

December 25, 2015 byGregory Katz
Oops: UK astronaut Tim Peake calls wrong number from space
In this Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 file photo, British astronaut Tim Peake, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures prior the launch of Soyuz TMA-19M space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Anyone can dial a wrong number, but it's not often done from outer space. Peake tweeted an apology on Christmas Day from the International Space Station after calling a wrong number. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

Anyone can dial a wrong number, but it's not often done from outer space.

British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted an apology on Christmas Day from the International Space Station after calling a wrong number.

He wrote "I'd like to apologize to the lady I just called by mistake saying 'Hello, is this planet Earth?'—not a prank call—just a wrong number!"

The 43-year-old former army helicopter pilot did not say who he was calling.

Millions of Britons have been following his mission closely since he became Britain's first publicly funded astronaut and the first Briton to visit the .

The nation seemed to come to a halt during liftoff Dec. 15 as many stopped what they were doing and nervously watched live coverage of him leaving the earth for .

An astronomer told Britons they might have a chance to view the space station as it transits above the earth on Christmas Day.

Robin Scagell of the Society for Popular Astronomy said the station would be flying relatively low when it passes over London and would be "the in the sky, moving rapidly from west to east."

Peake plans to conduct experiments on how the human body reacts in space and—in a British twist on space exploration—try out a new tea-making process geared toward zero gravity.

He is sharing the space station with five other astronauts from Russia and the United States. Peake's crewmates are NASA's Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra and Russians Mikhail Kornienko, Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey Volkov.

Kelly and Kornienko are on the first joint U.S.-Russian one-year mission at the space station.

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freeiam
2.3 / 5 (3) Dec 25, 2015
It's a bit sad to see astronauts reapeat the same experiments year after year.
Isn't it time to do something usefull with the huge pile of money that's thrown on it.
Time to go to Mars and beond and give these talented and capable people something real to do.
Shaco LePurp
1 / 5 (2) Dec 26, 2015
And how much to make zero g tea? Are you for real? Is this what's going on up there?
adam_russell_9615
not rated yet Dec 27, 2015
Good thing he didnt call collect!
Lex Talonis
5 / 5 (1) Dec 28, 2015
Oh this is news worthy... a guy dials a wrong number... and it's from the space station.

I dialed the wrong number... walking down the street + on the toilet + riding my bicycle + riding on the bus + sitting in my office + in the kitchen making dinner.... + + + etc..

jsdarkdestruction
5 / 5 (3) Dec 29, 2015
The Twitter and social media buzz is being exploited to get people who normally could care less about the iss interested in it and what's going on there including some of the experiments.
It's actually kinda funny too.

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