British astronaut dials wrong number on Christmas call from space

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, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (File photo: AP)

Tim Peake, the first British astronaut on the International Space Station, dialed a wrong number after trying to phone home for Christmas, asking a woman “Is this planet Earth?”

“I’d like to apologies to the lady I just called by mistake saying ‘Hello, is this planet Earth?’ - not a prank call...just a wrong number!” he tweeted late on Thursday.

Peake, 43, became the first British astronaut to travel to the space station after blasting off from the Moscow-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan earlier this month for a six-month mission.

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