British astronaut Tim Peake calls wrong number from the international space station

The 43-year-old apologises after ringing the unsuspecting women by accident 

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British astronaut Tim Peake has apologised after calling the wrong number from the International Space Station.

Major Peake gave an unsuspecting woman a shock after calling her by mistake and asking “hello, is this planet Earth?” when she picked up.

The astronaut took to Twitter to offer a light-hearted apology to the lady and assured her it was not a prank call.

It is not Major Peake’s first unsuccessful attempt to speak to someone on  earth from the ISS. He admitted to being forced to leave an answerphone message for his parents after calling when they had popped out, ITV reported.

The father-of-two from Chichester, West Sussex, arrived at the ISS on 15 December and is spending six months conducting scientific experiments.

A former major in the Army, he is the first Briton to join the ISS crew and is employed by the European Space Agency.

It came as many Britons looked forward to getting a glimpse of the ISS on Christmas Day. From southern England, it was due to appear in the west at about 4.24pm and remain visible for around six minutes.