Astronaut causes scare after calling 911 from space

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 7, 2019

A Dutch astronaut accidentally called 911 from the International Space Station, Newsweek reports. "If you're in space, it's like you're making a call via Houston, first you dial the 9 for an outside line, and then 011 for an global line", Kuipers told NOS.

A Dutch astronaut has described how he accidentally contacted American emergency services on 911 while in orbit above the Earth.

In space no one can hear you scream and, as it turns out, no one can respond to your 911 calls either. The 60-year-old astronaut explained you first have to dial 9 to reach an outside line, followed by 011 for an global number.

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"The next day I received an email message: 'Did you call 911?'"

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According to Kuipers, it's actually not that hard to contact friends on the Earth from space. This isn't the first time an astronaut has misdialed while in space-in 2015, British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted "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!"

"I was a little disappointed that they had not come up", joked Kuipers. Though he said that astronauts can reach Earth-based phones via satellites around 70 percent of the time, he's had to learn how to use the time delay to his advantage.

But Kuipers missed the zero, and ended up calling 911 instead of 9011. The woman on the phone thought it was a prank when he said: "Hello, is this planet Earth?"

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