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Astronaut Calls 911 From Space, The Johnson Space Centre Security Team Panics

An astronaut mistakenly called 911 while in space An astronaut mistakenly called 911 while in space
Cary Marshall | 07 January, 2019, 03:31

Dutch astronaut, Andre Kuipers, accidently called 911 while in orbit on the International Space Station.

The 60 year-old astronaut said that he was attempting to make contact with NASA at the space center in Houston, but due to the zero gravity environment he must have slipped up and misdialed the numbers. "I made a mistake, and the next day I received an email message: did you call 911?"

In space no one can hear you scream and, as it turns out, no one can respond to your 911 calls either. He was orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station (ISS) when he tried to contact the Johnson Space Center.

Though embarrassed by the slip-up, he joked "I was a little disappointed that [911] had not [picked] up".

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Kuipers said it's surprisingly easy to contact Earth from space, and that astronauts can use terrestrial phones via satellites about 70% of the time. Unfortunately, Kuipers forgot to dial the "0" when calling NASA's Johnson Space Center at one point during the mission, which left him with '911'. "Sometimes people would hang up because they thought I did not say anything, so later on I started to talk as soon as I had dialed the last number", Kuipers said.

In a recent interview, the now-retired astronaut revealed his humorous blunder, noting that the phone call system from aboard the ISS made it easy to accidentally hit 911.

Kuipers was not the first astronaut to call a wrong number, as his colleague Tim Peake posted about his experience on his Twitter account in 2015.

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