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Astronaut dials wrong number from space station: Guess who picked up

by Todd Haselton | December 29, 2015December 29, 2015 7:00 am PDT

International Space Station ISS

British astronaut Tim Peake was trying to place a phone call from the International Space Station to, presumably, either a family member or his employer. Peake accidentally dialed the wrong phone number, putting him in touch with 79-year old Betty Barker instead. Peake posted a quick blurb on Twitter about his mishap back on Christmas Eve, though Mirror has since gotten the full story.

It turns out that Betty had no idea the other caller was indeed Peake up in the International Space Station, instead, she thought it was someone who had had one too many beers at the local bar. “I thought it was someone who had been out down the pub who was having me on,” Betty told Mirror. “Then because it was quiet on the phone and no giggling or noise from a pub, I thought it was someone looking to go to a nightclub called ‘Planet Earth’.”

Betty’s husband Patrick ultimately heard the story about Peake’s tweet on the news and suddenly realized it was his wife who had picked up the phone. She said she wishes she had had something witty to say when Tim had originally called. “It’s my claim to fame I suppose.”


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...