British astronaut Tim Peake mistakenly dialled the wrong number from aboard the ISS. The person at the other end of the line thought he was a nutcase.
Tim Peake is a British astronaut who ventured on board the ISS on December 15th. He is going to have a sojourn of half a year in space. Peake will be carrying out various experiments too.
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He phoned home and accidentally dialed the wrong number. Peake is reported to have said “Hello, is this planet earth?” and then been flabbergasted by the response since it was not who he had expected.
After Tim Peake had realized the fact that he had committed a social blunder, he immediately tweeted his apologies to the lady who had answered back.
Peake reiterated that it was by no means a prank call but just a wrong number. One can only think to oneself that somewhere on earth is a very annoyed or surprised woman who thought someone had played a practical joke on her. But just a reminder to the lady (whoever it is) that it really was a call from an astronaut from outer space.
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 ISS was almost like Santa’s sleigh this Christmas. And Tim Peake was on it. Since the ISS was flying low, it could be seen although faintly from the planet earth.
It passed over the border between France and Spain. It will appear in the southern region of England for a brief six minutes before vanishing in its journey, according to Mirror.
Tim Peake and several other astronauts were treated to a panoramic view of the Christmas lights of the cities of Europe as the ISS grazed the earth’s atmosphere.
As the ISS flew overhead on Christmas day, many thought it to be a UFO or a star. But of course it was nothing other than the International Space Station.
Tim Peake’s blunder was not so serious as to be worthy of comment. Yet such is the level of gentlemanly manners and social etiquette expected from astronauts that nothing is left to chance.
You have to literally be perfect to enter the environment of space. No loose ends are left behind. And the excellence of character and efficiency at the job that astronauts must show are simply impeccable.
They have to be on their toes all the time and it is a stressful job. Many of them will thank their stars once they are back home on earth with their loved ones.
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