It's common knowledge that 911 call centers can usually track the location of a caller, but we're betting dispatchers would have been thrown for a loop when Dutch astronaut André Kuipers accidentally dialed the number from the International Space Station. "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 worldwide line", Kuipers told NOS. But was it an emergency, and if yes, why call 911 and not the Johnson Space Center?
It is not every day when you hear that someone from space called 911!
Astronauts are able to place calls from the ISS, but to get an outside line, they must first dial 9.
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According to Kuipers, it's actually not that hard to contact friends on the Earth from space.
"I was a little disappointed that they had not come up", he joked. 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. In this case, Kuipers totally missed the "0" and ended up dialing 911 straight away.
"Sometimes people would hang up because they thought I did not say anything, so later on I started to talk as soon as I had dialed the last number".
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An astronaut aboard the International Space Station caused a scare this week when he accidentally dialed 911.
He did say, however, there is often a time delay that makes it hard to hold conversations with people on Earth.
Kuipers was not the first astronaut to call a wrong number, as his colleague Tim Peake posted about his experience on his Twitter account in 2015.
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