FILE - 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)
Photo: Dmitry Lovetsky / AP
Photo: Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

Astronaut dials wrong number from space

'Hello, is this planet Earth?'

That’s the question British astronaut Tim Peake asked the person on the other end of the receiver when he called home on Christmas Eve.

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But he didn’t get to explain to the person that his joke was only the beginning of a message intended for his loved ones to say Merry Christmas.

He had called a wrong number.

The first British European Space Agency astronaut tweeted this:

“I'd like to apologise 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 hasn’t said which carrier he was using.

Peake has been exploring how the body reacts in space and a tea-making process in zero gravity, according to The Associated Press.

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