NASA Releases Recordings of the Strange Music Heard by Astronauts in 1969

Monday, 22 February 2016 - 3:46PM
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Monday, 22 February 2016 - 3:46PM
NASA Releases Recordings of the Strange Music Heard by Astronauts in 1969
For the first time, NASA has made public the recordings taken by Astronauts as they passed by the far side of the moon back in 1969. Detailed in a new series from Science Channel, the recordings were described as 'outer space-like music' by the astronauts who witnessed it and have been the basis on one of the biggest conspiracies in the space agency's long, long history.

Though the strange noises were witnessed and recorded by NASA's astronauts and equipment back in 1969, they weren't detailed in public records until decades later. In 2008, NASA released the transcripts of the recordings but not the actual 'music', causing conspiracy theorists to renew their suggestions that something major was being withheld. Reading through the transcripts, it's not hard to see why people thought something strange was going on.

Below is an excerpt from the full transcript, detailing the moment the astronauts first started hear the strange noises.

Opening quote
LMP: That music even sounds outer-spacey, doesn't it?
You hear that? That whistling sound?
CDR: Yes.
LMP: Who0ooooo. Say your - -
CMP: Did you hear that whistling sound, too?
LMP: Yes. Sounds like - you know, outer-space-type
music.
CMP: I wonder what it is
Closing quote

Then, a little later on the crew are still unable to let it go.

Opening quote
LMP: Boy, that sure is weird music.
CMP: We're going to have to find out about that.
Nobody will believe us.
LMP: Yes. It's a whistling, you know, like an outer-space-type thing
Closing quote

The noises were heard by the astronauts for almost an entire hour, and the crew were so spooked that they were unsure as to whether or not they should tell NASA Mission Control about them. If an astronaut is worried about coming off as an oddball for reporting something, it's safe to say they're feeling pretty spooked. 

Now, though, the actual sound recordings of that strange 60 minutes have been released and detailed in Science Channel's NASA's Unexplained Files show, which airs this week. 



For many years, NASA's experts were at a loss to explain the cause of those strange sounds. Even when the Cassini spacecraft picked up similar noises from Saturn, an explanation still eluded those looking for it. Cassini's recordings came with a fairly simple explanation; charged particles moving through Saturn's magnetic environment caused interference with the probe's equipment, but this explanation would not fit with what happened back in 1969. With no magnetic field, the moon would have been unable to interfere with any of the Apollo astronaut's equipment in the same manner that Saturn did with Cassini.

So, what was the cause? The official line of thinking is that the mysterious music was a result of the radio in the Apollo command module coming too close to the radio in the lunar module, but as you'll see in the next clip, that's not an explanation that sits well with a lot of experts....



NASA'S UNEXPLAINED FILES airs Tuesday 23rd February at 10/9c on Science Channel.
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