An out of this world phone call from an astronaut was missed by a Scottish aristocrat who had popped out to meet a friend.
The Dowager Countess of Strathmore missed the call to her home at Glamis Castle, in Angus.
NASA Astronaut Alvin Drew was orbiting the globe during the Discovery shuttle’s recently completed mission, he phoned the Dowager Countess, who he knew through visits to the Tayside Space School, which she is a patron of.
The Dowager Countess was out on a social visit at the time, so the astronaut left a message.
He said: “Good afternoon, this message is for the Dowager Countess of Strathmore.
“This is Colonel Alvin Drew calling you from the International Space Station, and we're high above the Atlantic Ocean right now.
“I understand you're on a trip yourself, so this is the best way to catch up with you anyway.
“Wishing you and your family all the best from here in space and I'm looking forward to catching up with you and the rest of them sometime this summer when my crew and I [come to] Scottish Space Camp… over in the UK.
“Stay safe and look forward to seeing you again, ma'am.”
Colonel Drew has visited the Tayside Space Station in Dundee to teach schoolchildren about space travel and he is due to do so again later this year.
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