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Astronaut Tim Peake Apologizes for Dialing Wrong Number From Space Station

by Elisha Fieldstadt /
Image: Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft after docking with the International Space Station
A handout photograph made avaiable by NASA showing Sergey Volkov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency, Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly of NASA and Flight Engineers Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko, Flight Engineer Tim Kopra of NASA after Yuri Malenchenko manually docked the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft to the International Space Station’s (ISS) Rassvet module on 15 December 2015. NASA / HANDOUT / EPA

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An astronaut on the International Space Station made a technical error on Christmas Eve — but it was nothing a quick tweet couldn't fix.

"I'd like to apologise to the lady I just called by mistake," astronaut Tim Peake wrote on Thursday.

Apparently Peake had opened the call by greeting the person on the other line by saying: "Hello, is this planet Earth?"

Little did the woman who answered the phone know, the question was literal and "not a prank call...just a wrong number," Peake wrote.

The astronaut did not say who he meant to call on Christmas Eve. According to Peake's European Space Agency profile, the 43-year-old is married with two sons. Peake is also the first British ESA astronaut to visit the Space Station, the profile said.

Peake is among a crew of six men currently based at the space station. Commander Scott Kelly also wished holiday wishes from the space station, where he marked his 273rd day on Christmas.

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