Astronaut, André Kuipers, appeared in a Dutch radio program recently where he told the host about once he tried to make a phone call from the International Spacial station, but ended up accidentally calling the WE emergency number, 911, Motherboard reports.
To make a call from the space station into orbit, you first need to dial 9 and then the number of an international line, 011. In that case, Kuipers forgot to enter 0, which triggered an alert on NASA& # 39; S Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Classic.
"The next day, I got an e-mail message: did you call 911?" he said during the show, Met Het Oog Op Morgen.
Space calls are made using a satellite network to get in touch Earth. Just like spatial things related to work, the line can also be used to talk to family and friends. Essentially, the system they use is a bit like a poisoned Skype, in that it works through an Internet connection rather than traditional methods. It is even used by astronauts to watch movies and read e-books.
It's not nearly as fast, however, suffering some pretty wild audio delays, with Kuipers sometimes saying, "People were hanging up because they thought I was not saying anything".
As the Motherboard points out, it is not the only one that dialed wrong from space. Astronaut, Tim Peake tweeted about a similar incident in 2015.
I'd like to apologize to the lady I just called by mistake by saying "Hello, is this planet Earth?" "It's not a joke … just a wrong number!"
– Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) December 24, 2015
It just shows that even the smartest of us are not immune to accidentally dialing a number from time to time. As Mr. Burns once said, "I suspect you need more practice to work on your phone machine."