British Astronaut Is Sorry For Dialing Wrong Number From Space

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 file photo, British astronaut Tim Peake, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures prior the launch of Soyuz TMA-19M space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Anyone can dial a wrong number, but it’s not often done from outer space. Peake tweeted an apology on Christmas Day from the International Space Station after calling a wrong number. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

Anyone can dial a wrong number, but it’s not often done from outer space.

British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted an apology on Christmas Day from the International Space Station after calling a wrong number.

He wrote “I’d like to apologize to the lady I just called by mistake saying ‘Hello, is this planet Earth?’ — not a prank call — just a wrong number!”

The 43-year-old former army helicopter pilot did not say who he was calling. Since he’s Britain’s first publicly funded astronaut and the first Briton to visit the space station, millions of Britons have been following his mission closely.

Peake has also used Twitter to send Christmas greetings.