We all ignored the phone. Whether you’re busy with something else or not keen on responding to unknown numbers, it’s a common part of modern life.But one Reddit Users shared how they screened very distant phones this week before understanding what they did.
Reddit’s popular r / tifu subreddit stands for “Today If *** ed up” and is a space for users to share their mistakes with others. Posted on Tuesday, user Empathetic Apatheist Shared their story Currently, there are over 56,000 votes in favor and thousands of comments.
He writes: “My friend is currently on a second mission to the International Space Station (ISS). I got a call and the caller ID was displayed as” US Government. ” When the principal called you to their office, I first had that feeling you felt. “
Redditor explained that he was in the middle of something with some other people. He showed them the ID that they all told him not to answer. “Between everyone’s suggestions and my intuition that I’m in trouble, I sent it to voicemail,” he wrote.
But it turned out to be a particularly special long-distance call. “The call from space was my buddy. I had the opportunity to talk to someone who wasn’t on Earth and ruined it.”
The The International Space Station A modular space station in low earth orbit. Launched in November 1998, it is 357 feet long, flying around the globe every 90 minutes and traveling at an astonishing speed of 5 miles per second.
Due to the speed of movement of the station, it cannot be tracked using a ground station. To maintain the data link NASA Has a small constellation of satellites known as Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) It enables constant communication between the ground and orbiting satellites at the same speed as a home fiber internet connection.
Unfortunately, you can’t call the ISS yourself. Since there is no telephone number in the traditional sense, this station has an internet-based telephone system that works through a computer. You can use it to call any number on the planet, but you cannot call back to your home.
Reddit users were amused by the unusual story and turned to comments to react. One user joked, “These long-haul charges are insane,” while another said, “I think it’s almost cool because you can save voice emails from people calling from space.” Said.
Another Reddit user said, “I have a friend who decides to look around the globe and make a call, no matter how many f *** ups he has in his life.”
Another comment joked: “We’re trying to contact you for your extended Space Shuttle warranty,” another user said, “You definitely have friends in high places.” I wrote.
Newsweek I contacted Empathetic Apatheist for comment.