Apollo 10 Space-Music Unearthed After Years of Silence
It's been almost half a century since Apollo 10 orbited the Moon but recently-declassified recordings reveal untold findings.
By: Pari Heidari, 'Larry King Now'
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong made history as he took his first step onto the surface of the Moon. It’s a well-known historical event, though conspiracy theories still circulate relentlessly.
What we are less familiar with, however, are the affairs of the previous mission in the Apollo space program, Apollo 10.
Apollo 10 was the fourth manned mission in NASA’s space program, the second to orbit the moon. Launched only two months before Apollo 11, it is often referred to as the “dress rehearsal
” for the Moon landing and was carried out successfully, without much ado.
But now, almost 47 years later, new information regarding the findings of the mission have been disclosed to the public.
Audio recordings, which were only declassified eight years ago, reveal that the Apollo 10 team heard “weird music
” while on the far side of the moon. The far side of the Moon, or "the dark side of the Moon" - for all the Pink Floyd fans out there - is essentially the back side of the Moon, the side that faces away from Earth. The significance being that the sounds then couldn’t have come from Earth.
No official explanation has been offered as to the source or nature of these sounds, though one of the given explanations is that they are caused by radio interference
This released conversation between Apollo 10 astronauts Eugene Cernan and John Young shows that the two space cadets were as puzzled by the sounds then as scientists are today.
Some further explanations might be offered when the recordings are studied on Science Channel's documentary program "NASA's Unexplained Files,” airing later this month. Meanwhile, check out what Eugene Cernan had to say about what he remembers most from his experience on the Moon, his view of Earth and what he calls "the most quiet moment" of his life when he appeared on 'Larry King Now!'
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