Even Astronauts Dial Wrong Numbers

'Hello, is this planet Earth?'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2015 7:03 AM CST
Even Astronauts Dial Wrong Numbers
British astronaut Tim Peake gestures prior to the launch at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015.   (AP Photo/Shamil Zhumatov, Pool)

Everyone has picked up the phone to find a flustered mis-dialer on the line, but it's not every day that that wrong number was punched in from space. British astronaut Tim Peake took to Twitter on Thursday to apologize for what could pass for the most prominent telephone misfire of all time, reports CNN. "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!" he tweeted. Peake arrived on the International Space Station on Dec. 15, and he's got some time to hone his dialing skills—he'll be there for six months, notes Sky News. (Meanwhile, planet Earth gets to observe a full moon on Christmas for the first time since 1977.)

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