NASA has finally made public a recording of strange “music” that astronauts reported hearing in 1969 while on the far side of the Moon, out of radio contact with the Earth.
The unusual whistling noises were reportedly heard in May 1969 by the Apollo 10 astronauts as they circled the Moon, just months before the first astronauts were reported to have stepped foot on the lunar surface on July 21 that same year. The three astronauts on board were Thomas Stafford, John Young and Eugene Cernan.
The sounds, which lasted about an hour, were recorded and transmitted to mission control in Houston.
“You hear that? That whistling sound?” asks Cernan, describing it as “outer-space-type music.”
The trio felt the sounds were so strange that they debated whether or not to tell the chiefs at NASA, for fear they wouldn’t be taken seriously and could be dropped from future space missions.
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A transcript of the text was released in 2008, but the actual audio has only just been made public. NASA states that the sounds could not have been alien music.
An engineer from the US space agency said the noises likely came from interference caused by radios that were close to each other in the lunar module and the command module.
However Astronaut Al Worden, who flew on Apollo 15, disputed that explanation, saying “logic tells me that if there was something recorded on there, then there’s something there”.
But Michael Collins, the pilot of Apollo 11, who became the first person to fly around the far side of the Moon by himself while Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were walking on the surface, said he too heard “an eerie woo-woo sound” but accepted the explanation of radio interference. In fact, he’d been warned ahead of his time on the moon, which he revealed in his book, Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys.
The following clip is from NASA’S UNEXPLAINED FILES
What do you think the noise could have been? Comments below please?