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'Hello, is this planet Earth?': Astronaut apologises after calling wrong number from space

Tim Peake, the first Briton to visit the ISS, phoned the wrong number from space yesterday.

BRITISH ASTRONAUT TIM Peake tweeted an apology yesterday from the International Space Station after calling 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 the country’s first publicly-funded astronaut and the first Briton to visit the space station.

The nation seemed to come to a halt during lift-off on 15 December as many stopped what they were doing and nervously watched live coverage of him leaving Earth for outer space.

Tim Peake Source: AP

Peake plans to conduct experiments on how the human body reacts in space and — in a British twist on space exploration — try out a new tea-making process geared toward zero gravity.

He is sharing the space station with five other astronauts from Russia and the United States.

Peake’s crewmates are NASA’s Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra and Russians Mikhail Kornienko, Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey Volkov.

Kelly and Kornienko are on the first joint US-Russian one-year mission at the space station.

Read: UK astronaut Tim Peake arrives at International Space Station

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