Apollo astronauts heard mysterious noise on the far side of the Moon

It has now been revealed…

The crew of an Apollo mission to the moon were so startled when they encountered strange music-like radio transmissions coming through their headsets, they didn’t know whether or not to report it to NASA.

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Earth and the far side of the moon, where Apollo 10 astronauts heard unexplained musical noises. MARK GARLICK. VIA GETTY IMAGES

It was 1969, when Apollo 10 entered lunar orbit. This included traversing the far side of the moon when all spacecraft are out of radio contact with Earth for about an hour and nobody on Earth can see or hear them.

Almost four decades went by before lost recordings emerged that revealed something unsettling that the three Apollo astronauts had experienced while flying above the far side of the moon. The taped recordings contained “strange, otherworldly music coming through the Apollo module’s radio.

The conversation between the three astronauts indicated they heard sounds like they had never heard before: “It sounds like, you know, outer space-type music.” “You hear that? That whistling sound? Whooooooooo!” “Well, that sure is weird music!”

The unexplained “music” transmission lasted almost an hour, and just before the astronauts regained radio contact with Earth, they discussed whether or not to tell Mission Control what they had experienced:

“It’s unbelievable! You know?”, “Shall we tell them about it?”, “I don’t know. We ought to think about it.”“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 transcripts of the Apollo 10 mission were classified and untouched in NASA’s archives until 2008, producing an ongoing debate as to the nature and origin of the strange sounds heard by the astronauts.

“If you’re behind the moon and hear some weird noise on your radio, and you know you’re blocked from the Earth, then what could you possibly think?”

“We’d had a lot of incidents where guys who flew in space saw and heard things that they didn’t recognize, and you wonder about all of that. I have a very open mind about what could’ve happened. It’s somebody’s hearsay evidence — it’s only a visual or audio event, which is hard to pin down. Recollection is one thing, but actual proof is something entirely different.”

 

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