A Dutch astronaut called 911 from the International Space Station

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Astronauts aboard the space station have been able to make calls from space for more than a decade using Voice over Internet Protocol. Later, he explained the mistake: “First you dial the 9 for an outside line, and then 011 for an international line,” he said. The zero  was missed. „I made a mistake.” The call had apparently triggered an alert at NASA. At Mission Control in Houston the bungled call resulted in NASA security being dispatched to the room where calls from the space station are patched in. He than was asked if he did a 911 call.

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André  Kuipers isn’t the first astronaut to misdial. A few years ago, British astronaut Tim Peake issued a Twitter apology after dialing the wrong number. Andre’s time in space totals two missions and 203 days.The station even has its own Houston area phone code. While in orbit, astronauts not only use this connection to call friends and family, but to watch movies and read e-books as well. Just for remember, the idea for a quick way to dial a number in case of an emergency was set forth by the FCC in 1967 and in 1968 AT&T assigned the numbers 9-1-1 as the emergency code throughout the US.

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