Mystery of Eerie Space Music Heard by Apollo 10 Astronauts

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The mission to the moon in 1969 was a part of the history until a few days before, a show of NASA’s Unexplained Files on Discovery channel, has triggered a new buzz all around. According to it, the three astronauts of NASA namely, Thomas Stafford, John Young, and Eugene Cernan, while encircling around the moon, on their rehearsal mission in May 1969, heard an unexplained, whistle-like space music.

It was a music that actually perplexed the trio. And they decided not to share it with their bosses, or at least would take a second thought on sharing it, as they might be laughed at, or no one would believe them etc. Though they transmitted the sounds to the headquarter, and all ended up on “lie to fly” policy to get future assignments.

Cernan: “You know that was funny. That’s just like something from outer space, really. Who’s going to believe it?”

Young: “Nobody. Shall we tell them about it?”

Cernan: “I don’t know. We ought to think about it some.”

For so many long years, it was kept as a secret by NASA. Or you can say, the whole evidences and details of it were kept hidden deliberately, to avoid any public exposure. NASA has finally released the weird space music, after 50 years . A continuous whistling sound that can be heard in the background of the whole conversation easily. Different people are explaining it differently. Lets take a look at a few suggested theories.

  • It was a disruption in radio communication system, caused by the charged particles in the space. But moon does not have any magnetic field, then how could there be any charged particles.
  • It might be the result of the interaction between the two module radios i.e. the lunar module and command module.
  • AL Worden is an Apollo 15 astronaut and he totally disagrees with these explanations,  “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 same woo-woo sound was experienced again, months later when Apollo 11 landed on the surface of the moon. Michael Collins, pilot of Apollo 11 heard the same space music, (while he was in Apollo 11 and other two Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were walking on the moon) and he seems quite satisfied with the above mentioned explanation of radio interference, as he mentioned in his book, Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journey, 

“Had I not been warned about it, it would have scared the hell out of me,” he wrote. “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.”

The mysterious space music recording has now been publicly released. You can hear it online here.