Oops! astronaut Tim Peake phones wrong number from space

Posted at 3:28 PM, Dec 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-25 15:58:21-05

(CNN) — Earth to astronaut Tim Peake: Check the phone number before you dial. Otherwise the person you reach is likely to think you’re some kind of nut case.

Peake is a British astronaut who arrived at the International Space Station on December 15. He is spending six months there, conducting scientific experiments.

Recently, he phoned home — as in Earth — but got the number wrong.

“Hello, is this planet Earth?” Peake asked.

When he realized he’d misdialed, Peake tweeted his regret.

“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.

So, one presumes, somewhere down here on Earth there is a woman who is either very annoyed or surprised beyond belief. So, ma’am, if you’re reading this, the call really was from space — and not just a joke by some space cadet.