16 Jul '11, 2am

President Obama makes long-distance call to astronauts aboard space station, jokes he thought he was dialling for pizza

President Obama makes long-distance call to astronauts aboard space station, jokes he thought he was dialling for pizza

This NASA photo obtained on July 15, 2011 shows the International Space Station. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON - ASTRONAUTS aboard the International Space Station got a very long-distance call on Friday from US President Barack Obama, who joked that he thought he was dialling out for pizza. Hot from giving a press conference at which he pushed Republicans to reach a deal on raising the US debt ceiling, the American president took time out to chat with the 10 astronauts currently aboard the ISS. 'I was just dialling out for pizza, and I didn't expect to end up in space,' Mr Obama quipped, raising a laugh from the gathered crew. But turning serious, he told the astronauts how proud he was of them and said their work 'ushers in an exciting new era to push the frontiers of space exploration and human space-flight'. 'The space programme has always embodied our sense of adventure and...

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