Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Music from the Moon

So, here's a weird one.

It's recently been revealed that back in 1969, the Apollo 10 crew reported that they heard some kind of strange music during the time they were orbiting the moon, cut off from receiving transmissions from back at NASA. I assume this was a phenomenon something like feedback: that open instruments either picked up or generated some sort of white noise during the time the instruments were receiving but nothing from home base cd reach them, being blocked by the moon between them.

Now that I know about this, I want to hear what it sounded like. At first I assumed there was no recording of this sound, but re-reading the article I see they have a transcript of what the astronauts said about it while on the far side of the moon, wondering whether to report it back to NASA for fears that Mission Control might think they'd flipped their lids.  And if they have a recording of the in-cockpit discussion, it follows that they must have a recording of the odd noise as well, if only in the background.

here's the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/apollo-10-astronauts-reported-unexplained-music-at-moon_us_56c80662e4b0928f5a6c0679

--John R.

today's song: there's Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon," of course, but I paired it with "The Man Who Found God on the Moon" by Mike McGear (w. brother Paul McCartney on background vocals).

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