Apollo 10 space music was reportedly heard by the astronauts on NASA’s fourth manned mission. The audio transcripts of the alleged noise heard behind the moon have raised the curiosity around the existence of the aliens.
Apollo 10 astronauts Eugene Cernan and John Young discussed the sounds in a conversation as their craft flew around the far side of the moon. Recently, unearthed recordings made by NASA of the journey feature the astronauts reacting with surprise and confusion to an unearthly howling noise in their headsets.
One of them says, “You hear that? That whistling sound? Whooooooooo!” Another astronaut said: “It sounds like, you know, outer space-type music.”
Another astronaut said, “It sounds like, you know, outer space-type music.”
One astronaut is heard saying, “Well, that sure is weird music. Boy, it got quiet, didn’t it?”
Apollo astronauts debated about talking to Mission Control regarding the strange music minutes before they regained radio contact with Earth. They feared that it could cast doubt on their suitability for future spaceflight, according to a new Science Channel series NASA’s Unexplained Files.
They questioned, “It’s unbelievable. Shall we tell them about it?”
Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden says on the Science Channel program, “The Apollo 10 crew was very used to the kind of noise that they should be hearing. Logic tells me that if there was something recorded on there, then there was something there. NASA would withhold information from the public if they thought it was in the public’s best interest.”
However, in a statement released this week by NASA, Cernan himself cast doubt on this claim, saying, “I don’t remember that incident exciting me enough to take it seriously. It was probably just radio interference. Had we thought it was something other than that we would have briefed everyone after the flight. We never gave it another thought.”
The Apollo 10 mission was launched on May 18, 1969. The recordings remained classified in NASA’s archives until 2008, prompting an ongoing discussion regarding the nature and origin of the “outer space-type music.” While transcripts were released in 2008, audio of the discussion and the sounds that the astronauts were referencing are only just being made public reports the CNN.
The NASA History Office clarified on Twitter that although the Apollo 10 audio and transcripts were not officially classified, there was “no way to get them to the public before the Internet.”
Some astronauts assume the music could belong to aliens, according to the Manilla Bulletin.
Apparently, the “music” was nothing to do with Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, which was released four years later.
On NASA’s Unexplained Files, Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden says, “The Apollo 10 crew was very used to the kind of noise that they should be hearing. Logic tells me that if there was something recorded on there, then there was something there.”
The show discusses some of the possible solutions, which include a magnetic field or atmosphere interfering with the radio. But according to experts on the show, the moon has no magnetic field and not enough atmosphere to cause such issues. The origins of the noises may remain a mystery.
In a book published years later, Astronaut Michael Collins, the pilot of Apollo 11 and the first person to fly around the far side of the moon by himself while teammates Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were exploring the Lunar surface, said the noise was just interference between the lunar module and command module’s VHF radios. He did not think too much of it.
He wrote in his book Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys, “There is a strange noise in my headset now, an eerie woo-woo sound. Had I not been warned about it, it would have scared the hell out of me. 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.”
Collins explained that the noise began when the radios in the two vehicles were both turned on and in close proximity to each other. Unlike Apollo 10, the Apollo 11 lunar module did land on the moon’s service, after which the “woo-woo” noises stopped.
Although many questions are being asked, the mysteries of space will keep the excitement alive in the minds of the people, and the Apollo 10 music has freshly kindled it.
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