"Hello, is this planet Earth?": British astronaut dials wrong number on call from space

Astronaut Tim Peake during a sending-off ceremony at the Baikonur cosmodrome on Dec 15, 2015.
Astronaut Tim Peake during a sending-off ceremony at the Baikonur cosmodrome on Dec 15, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

(AFP) - Tim Peake, the first British astronaut on the International Space Station, dialled a wrong number after trying to phone home, asking a woman "is this planet Earth?".

"I'd like to apologise to the lady I just called by mistake saying 'Hello, is this planet Earth?' -- not a prank call... just a wrong number!" he tweeted late on Thursday.

Peake, 43, became the first British astronaut to travel to the space station after blasting off from the Moscow-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan earlier this month for a six-month mission.