Four decades after utter silence, astronauts of NASA’s Apollo 10 that landed on the moon’s darker side where they heard strange "Wooooo" sound but afraid to report to NASA as they may be disqualifed for the next mission.
Now that the recordings of sounds heard on the far side of the moon have been released, it shows that the conversation between two astronauts of Apollo 10 — Eugene Cernan and John Young — as they flew around the far side of the moon:
"Did you hear that whistling sound too?"
"Sounds like — you know, outer-space type music."
"I wonder what it is."
Another conversation goes:
"You hear that? That whistling sound? Whoooooo," says Cernan on the recording.
"That sure is weird music."
Since they were told earlier that there is interference between two radios of the aircraft, they may hear some sound, and hey debated whether they should report the Whoooooo sound or not to NASA, out of fear that it could cast doubt on their suitability for future spaceflight, said a new Science Channel series "NASA’s Unexplained Files."
However, explaining the "unexplained" nature of the sounds, a NASA technician on the TV show says that the "radios in the two spacecraft (the lunar module and the command module) were interfering with each other."
Disputing the explanation, astronaut Al Worden told the show that "logic tells me that if there was something recorded on there, then there’s something there."But his words were not shared by other astronauts on the show.
Michael Collins of Apollo 11 and the first person to fly on the far side of the moon with his teammates Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were exploring the Lunar surface, has brushed aside the sound as important enough to raise controversy. "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 had a ready explanation for it: it was interference between the LM’s and Command Module’s VHF radios."
However, the sound stopped once the Apollo 11 lunar module did land on the moon’s surface and the "woo-woo" noises stopped. Was it "outer-space music"?