(CNN)“Did you hear that whistling sound too?”

 

“Sounds like — you know, outer-space type music.”

 

“I wonder what it is.”

This conversation, between Apollo 10 astronauts Eugene Cernan and John Young, as their craft flew around the far side of the moon, remained under wraps for over four decades.

While transcripts were released in 2008, audio of the discussion, and the sounds that the astronauts were referencing, is only just being made public.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cernan

 

Michael Collins, the pilot of Apollo 11 and the first person to fly around the far side of the moon by himself (while teammates Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were exploring the Lunar surface), also recalled hearing strange sounds, but did not think too much of it.

“There is a strange noise in my headset now, an eerie woo-woo sound,” he wrote in his book “Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys.”

“Had I not been warned about it, it would have scared the hell out of me (…) 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.”

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Collins explained that the noise began when the radios in the two vehicles were both turned on and in close proximity to each other.

Unlike Apollo 10, the Apollo 11 lunar module did land on the moon’s service, after which the “woo-woo” noises stopped.

So much for “outer-space music.”

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/21/world/far-side-moon-music/index.html

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