An Astronaut Accidentally Dialed 911 From the International Space Station

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As it turns out, the International Space Station is not immune to pesky phone protocols, and Dutch astronaut Andr’ Kuipers confessed to accidentally dialing 911 from orbit.

Kuipers revealed on Wednesday that in trying to make a call’by pressing 9 and then 011 for an international line’he missed a crucial number, triggering an alert at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Astronauts on the ISS can place phone calls via a constellation of communication satellites and an IP phone that relies on internet protocol rather than a PTSN, or public switched telephone network. Using a form of ‘Space Skype,’ they can easily dial Earth with a surprisingly clear connections, Geek pointed out in a 2013 conversation between NASA Flight Director Holly Riddings and Space Answers. The station even has its own Houston area code, according to the Washington Post.

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Astronaut says he accidentally dialed 911 from space

In space no one can hear you scream and, as it turns out, no one can respond to your 911 calls either. Dutch astronaut Andr’ Kuipers found that out first hand when he accidentally dialed the emergency services number while attempting to place a call to Earth from the International Space Station.

In a recent interview, the now-retired astronaut revealed his humorous blunder, noting that the phone call system from aboard the ISS made it easy to accidentally hit 911. In case you were wondering: No, an ambulance wasn’t dispatched to his location.

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Astronaut accidentally dials 911 from International Space Station

A Dutch astronaut accidentally dialed 911 from the International Space Station, according to a Netherlands news report. This wasn’t a butt dial, but instead the accidental omission of one number while attempting to dial for an outside, and then international, line. The process requires astronauts to dial the number ‘9’ for an outside line, followed by ‘011’ for an international line. The zero, unfortunately, was missed.

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The call had apparently triggered an alert at NASA, which checked on the room where the call had been issued but found nothing. Kuipers apparently confirmed that emergency services had accidentally been dialed.

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Astronaut Andr’ Kuipers, pictured here after a landing in 2012, accidentally dialed 911 from the International Space Station. Mikhail Metzel/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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But that pesky, extra digit tripped up Dutch astronaut Andr’ Kuipers, when he accidentally called 911 from the International Space Station.

The astronaut was trying to dial an international number, he told Dutch public broadcaster Nederlandse Omroep Stichting, when he erred. Floating inside the space station, he made a mistake many people make in regular gravity ‘ he missed a number.

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Dutch Astronaut Andr’ Kuipers Reveals He Accidentally Called 911 From Space

Kuipers revealed the mistake on the radio via the Dutch public broadcasting organization Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS). The incident occurred at some point over the course of his 203 days in space across two missions between 2004 and 2011, and as the man himself explained, such a seemingly rare mistake is actually quite easy to make, even when you’re off-planet.’

On all accounts, the process to reach an international line seems very much the same as it does for someone calling from a space station as it is for someone calling from a landline in any non-U.S. location that has more than one connection. The 60-year-old astronaut explained you first have to dial 9 to reach an outside line, followed by 011 for an international number. The comedy of errors began when he mistakenly omitted one of the four digits.’

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