Astronaut accidentally dials 911 from the International Space Station


Astronauts André Kuipers, left, Netherlands and Luca Parmitano of Italy at the European Space Agency on October 24, 2012 in Noordwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands.

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  • Dutch astronaut André Kuipers was trying to call someone on Earth.
  • He lost a zero and ended up dialing 911.
  • This triggered an alert at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Even on board the International Space Station, you need to dial 9 to get an outside line.

And Dutch astronaut André Kuipers says that's part of the reason he accidentally called 911 when he was trying to contact the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The space station has a phone that uses the internet protocol, or IP, to connect to phones on Earth. It still has an area code of Houston, 281.

To make your call, Motherboard writes: Kuipers dialed 9 for an outside line and then when you try to dial the international access code, 011, it has lost zero.

This triggered alert in the space center.

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"The next day, I received an email: did you call 911?" Kuipers told a Dutch radio program..

Kuipers, a 60 year old astronaut with the European Space Agency, completed two space missions, totaling 203 days., according to Newsweek.

He told the radio show that it is very easy for station astronauts to communicate with people on Earth. Although there are delays in the conversations.

"Sometimes people hung up because they thought I did not say anything, so later I started talking as soon as I had dialed the last number," Kuipers said.

He is not the only astronaut to disrupt a number in space, according to Motherboard.

British astronaut Tim Peake tweeted in 2015"I'd like to apologize to the lady I just called by mistake saying," Hello, is this planet Earth? " – not a joke … just a wrong number. Peake tweeted.

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti answered"Ha, ha! I called 911 once by mistake 🙂 Merry Christmas!

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