Celestial music whistles to astronauts in space

There was celestial music to record the man's Giant Step for Mankind on the moon. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has made public a recording of strange `music' that astronauts reported hearing in 1969, while on the far side of the Moon, out of radio contact with the Earth. The story behind these unusual whistling noises was showcased on Sunday night in a show on the cable channel Discovery, as part of a series called `NASA's Unexplained Files.' The noises reportedly were heard in May 1969 by the Apollo 10 astronauts, as they circled the Moon, months before the first astronauts stepped foot on the lunar surface on July 21 that same year. The three astronauts on board were Thomas Stafford, John Young and Eugene Cernan. The sounds, which lasted about an hour, were recorded and transmitted to mission control in Houston. A transcript of the text was released in 2008, but the actual audio has only just been made public. "You hear that? That whistling sound?" asks Cernan, describing it as `outer-space-type music.' The trio felt the sounds were so strange that they debated whether or not to tell the chiefs at NASA, for fear they wouldn't be taken seriously and could be dropped from future space missions, according to the Discovery show. The NASA says the sounds could not have been alien music.

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