The moon music that Apollo 10 astronauts and other Apollo astronauts heard while orbiting the far side of the moon (and while being out of communication contact with Earth) was described by the astronauts as being “outer space-type music,” “weird,” “eerie,” and quite strange or alien. The conversation between Apollo 10 astronauts Eugene Cernan and John Young about the mysterious sound picked up on the far side of the moon remained classified for more than 40 years.
The moon music conversation was declassified by NASA in 2008 and put on the shelf, according to a February 21 RT report. The black-box like recordings of the Apollo 10 mission and the astronauts’ conversations were taken off the shelf and are scheduled to be played on the upcoming Science Channel’s “NASA’s Unexplained Files.”
The declassified transcript of the astronauts’ conversation about the eerie moon music is available today on NASA’s website:
“You hear that? That whistling sound? Whooooooooo!”
“Did you hear that whistling sound too?”
“Sounds like — you know, outer-space type music.”
“I wonder what it is.”
The May 1969 Apollo 10 mission, with astronaut Eugene Cernan, Tom Stafford and John Young, was the fourth mission of the United States Apollo space program, and after Apollo 8, it was the second mission to orbit the moon. Apollo 10 was the dry run, including testing components and procedures, for the successful moon landing of Apollo 11 in July 1969.
The trailer for “NASA’s Unexplained Files” emphasizes the mystery of the moon “music” that the Apollo 10 astronauts heard while being on the far side of the moon, and it certainly appeals to alien and UFO enthusiasts. Unfortunately, after being hooked by the mystery, a viewer will be brought down to Earth by the explanation of one of NASA’s technicians:
“The radios in the two spacecraft [the lunar module and the command module] were interfering with each other.”
So what do other Apollo astronauts have to say about the alien moon music?
In his book “Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys,” Apollo 11 pilot Michael Collins also describes the mysterious sound that he heard when he was on the far side of the moon while teammates Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were exploring the Lunar surface.
“There is a strange noise in my headset now, an eerie woo-woo sound,” the Apollo 11 pilot wrote in his book
“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.”
According to Collins, the interference began when the two radios in the two vehicles were both turned on and close to each other. When the Apollo lunar module landed on the moon’s surface and it was out of reach, the sound stopped.
In order for the Science Channel’s “NASA’s Unexplained Files” TV show to stay true to its title, viewers will, of course, hear the voice of at least one Apollo astronaut who still believes that a quite predictable sound comes from an unpredictable or unknown source. On the show, Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden insists that the moon music was coming from some alien and mysterious source – “logic tells me that if there was something recorded on there, then there’s something there.”