Astronauts involved with the Apollo 10 mission to the Moon in 1969 are said to have heard a very strange noise that they described as “whistling” that they thought sounded a lot like eerie “space music.”
Many reports said that the audio files documenting this strange noise were top secret and that NASA was trying to cover things up, but NASA has shared on Monday that nothing was covered up and that the audio files have been out to the public since 1973.
In a blog post on Tumblr, NASA explains that the reason people may not have known about the audio files is because without internet back in that day and age, accessibility of these audio files wasn’t as easily possible as it is today.
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“While listed as ‘confidential’ in 1969 at the height of the Space Race, Apollo 10 mission transcripts and audio have been publicly available since 1973,” NASA explained in the post. “Since the Internet did not exist in the Apollo era, we have only recently provided digital files for some of those earlier missions. The Apollo 10 audio clips were uploaded in 2012, but the mission’s audio recordings have been available at the National Archives since the early 1970s.”
NASA also shares links to the original audio files and to the full transcripts of the conversation that was discussed during the recording.
Clearly, NASA’s point in sharing this information was to debunk recent reports of “newly declassified” audio information. Since the audio has been public domain since 1973, these false reports were painting a sketchy picture of NASA and so the agency has put those reports to rest.
To access the original audio recording that contains the strange ‘space music,’ you can click here. The full transcript is available here.