“Hello, is this planet Earth?”
British astronaut Tim Peake apologized on Christmas Eve after dialing a wrong number from aboard the International Space Station.
Peake, who boarded the space station less than two weeks ago, wrote on Twitter late Thursday night saying that he had been trying to call his family. “Hello, is this planet Earth?” he asked the woman who answered the phone.
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!
— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) December 24, 2015
The 43-year-old former army helicopter pilot did not say who he was calling. This is not the astronaut’s first phone trouble in space, reports the Daily Telegraph. Peake, 43, tried to call his family on Monday, but had to leave a message—as they weren’t home.
Peake arrived at the space station Dec. 15 along with American Tim Kopra and Russian Yuri Malenchenko. He is Britain’s first publicly funded astronaut and the first Briton to visit the space station, according to USA Today.