'Hello, is this planet Earth?' - Astronaut on space station apologizes for calling the wrong number

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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 apologize to the lady I just called by mistake", astronaut Tim Peake wrote on Thursday, NBC News reported.

Major Peake quickly took to Twitter to insist that the incident was not a prank call "just a wrong number!" He attempted to place a call back home and asked, "Hello, is this planet Earth?"

Peake is the first British citizen to go to space since Helen Sharman, who became the country's first astronaut when she visited the Soviet space station Mir in 1991, according to the BBC.

'Hello, is this planet Earth?' - Astronaut on space station apologizes for calling the wrong number

Mr. Peake, who is a former major in the Army, is the first Briton to join the crew of the ISS and is employed by the European Space Agency.

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

 

He is expected to fly over London at some point during Christmas Day. Peake's crewmates are NASA's Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra and Russians Mikhail Kornienko, Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey Volkov. Kelly is now nine months into his yearlong mission in space.

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