For the first time ever, NASA has released audio recordings from the crew of the 1969 Apollo 10 mission that conclusively reveal that astronauts Eugene Cernan and John Young heard bizarre music come over the radio as their spacecraft passed the far side of the moon, CNN and others reported.
While the network reported that transcripts of the conversation have been available since 2008, the newly released audio recording, which will also air on the
Science Channel show "NASA's Unexplained Files," offers a striking reminder of how little we really know of the final frontier.
While the network reported that transcripts of the conversation have been available since 2008, the newly released audio recording, which will also air on the upcoming Science Channel show "NASA's Unexplained Files," offers a striking reminder of how little we really know of the final frontier.
"The music even sounds outer-spacey doesn't it. You hear that? That whistling sound?" Cernan said. "Whoooooo."
The two NASA spacemen discussed telling mission control about the recording but ultimately decided against it.
"If you're an astronaut and you start hearing these strange sounds, What are you going to do? They were all absolutely petrified of being grounded, if there was even the slightest question mark over their state of mind," said an expert interviewed for the show. "So what did they do? They stayed silent."
Space — believe it or not — can produce a lot of strange noises that can literally be called otherworldly. A very similar sound to what the Apollo 10 astronauts experienced was also intercepted in 2002 by the Cassini spacecraft. As the small probe hurtled toward Saturn, it heard the music once again. This time, however, the sounds were explained by experts as the result of "charged particles moving through Saturn's magnetic environment."
On the very next Apollo mission, astronaut Michael Collins reported also hearing the sounds.
"Had I not been warned about it, it would have scared the hell out of me," he wrote in his book Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys, CNN reported. " Fortunately the radio technicians (rather than the UFO fans) had a ready explanation for it: It was interference between the LM's and Command Module's VHF radios."
So yes! The truth is out there — but so far, it's still pretty boring.