Science Channel in the US revealed yesterday that it would unearth interesting sound recordings from NASA’s Apollo 10 mission in 1969. The tapes were revealed as part of NASA's Unexplained Files series, a show which tends to lean towards paranormal explanations of space-related phenomena.
Astronauts Tom Stafford, John Young, and Eugene Cernan were part of the Apollo 10 mission which was designed to test all components and procedures in the lead-up to the first ever Moon landing.
Upon reaching the dark side of the moon, they lost contact with Earth for roughly an hour, as it was blocked by the Moon itself. During this time, “strange, otherworldly music” was heard coming from Apollo module's radio.
These transcriptions show the three astronauts reacting to the strange radio transmissions heard in their headsets.
Until eight years ago, the transcripts of the Apollo 10 mission were regarded as classified and sat untouched in NASA's archives.
Whilst the moon sounds might seem eerie and unusual, extracts from the Apollo 11 mission indicate that they were actually produced by their own spaceship.
Furthermore, this is not the first time sounds have been heard in space. We've gathered most of our scientific understanding of space with NASA probes and radio telescopes - which are also capable of recording "space music".
Using a plasma wave antenna, electromagnetic vibrations that pulse through the vacuum of space can be picked up and translated into a sound that is tangible to human ears.
NASA has even released a unique series which plays the raw audio obtained from different planets, stars and nebulae. The sounds on this series are taken directly from the historical NASA Voyager I & II Space Probes. They are recorded at a specific range that enables them to be electronically compressed into a harmonic frequency, creating a music-like sound.
Alongside NASA’s Space Sounds, Radio Astronomy is an art and science project that publicly broadcasts the sounds intercepted from radio telescopes. Broadcasting 24 hours a day, Radio Astronomy allows its listeners to hear various planets as they interact with moons, radiation from the sun, and other astronomical activity.
From the hauntingly beautiful rumblings of Saturn to even Uranus, you too can listen to the unworldly music of the universe.