Back page: UK astronaut apologizes for dialing wrong number from space
January 1, 2016
LONDON (AP) — 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. Millions of Britons have been following his mission closely since he became Britain's first publicly funded astronaut and the first Briton to visit the space station. The nation seemed to come to a halt during liftoff Dec. 15 as many stopped what they were doing and nervously watched live coverage of him leaving the earth for outer space.