space music apollo 10

So, you’re in a spacecraft far above the earth and you hear a strange noise, what do you do? Well, one thing’s for sure, you let your imagination run wild and start hearing things. Well, to be fair, hearing strange noises in the vast blackness of space can be quite disconcerting, and it could be more reality to blame than imagination. What sounds do I speak of, you might ask?

These are sounds which baffle even the most skeptical individual. What we’re talking about is space music.

Outer space sounds

I’m sure you’ve heard of it by now. After all, it’s been decades since astronauts heard strange whistling sounds on the far side of the moon. It must be aliens! There must be cosmic music floating through space originating from some huge spaceship, or maybe underground aliens on the moon having a party. Well, probably not, but have you heard about this?

An interesting conversation ensued after hearing some of the strangest sounds ever imagined in outer space. Three astronauts marveled at the whistling moan of alien space music – or what they thought was alien music.

“You hear that? That whistling sound? Whooooooo…” says astronaut Eugene Cernan on the recording presented on the NASA’s unexplained files series on the Science Channel.

In May of 1969, the crew of Appollo 10 heard strange noises while passing the far side of the moon. Pilot of Apollo 11 Michael Collins reported hearing some of the same strange sounds while orbiting the moon in July of the same year.

Collins says in his book Carrying the Fire,

“Had I not been warned about the sounds, they would have scared the hell out of me.”

Apollo 10 had no contact with planet earth during the passage, being completely cut off from Houston. When the sounds came and went, the astronauts mused about their origin for over an hour. This is when they all decided to keep hush about what they witnessed. When lines opened up with mission control, there was no report of the space music.

The reason the astronauts failed to mention the music is because they were afraid of being labeled psychologically incompetent. Without a sound mind, they could be rejected for future missions. However, transcriptions revealed the sounds and the short conversation between the crew members a decade later. For the most part, the incident was overlooked. It wasn’t until the year 2008, that the sounds caught major attention. On CNN reports, you can actually hear the strange alien music for yourself.

The answers

After speculation, it’s been ruled unlikely that the sounds were of alien origin. The most suitable explanation involves radio interference. How so?

The two sections of the spacecraft, the Lunar module and the Command module both had radios. The whistling, or music sounds, were most likely caused by interference with the radios being in close proximity. This seems logical enough but not exciting.

Whatever the origin may be, it still leaves us speculating about alien life, and sometimes our sanity. Could we be wrong about radio interference? Could this be a heavenly choir of little green men? Well, one thing’s for sure, it gives our imaginations something to play with.

Tune in for more! 😉

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Sherrie is a freelance writer and artist with over 10 years of experience. She spends most of her time giving life to the renegade thoughts. As the words erupt and form new life, she knows that she is yet again free from the nagging persistence of her muse. She is a mother of three and a lifetime fan of the thought-provoking and questionable aspects of the universe.