The sounds of the universe are now on SoundCloud, thanks to NASA

The most popular moments and sounds from space are available on NASA’s SoundCloud page. Let’s explore parallel universes!

NASA has a page on Soundcloud, the social network mainly used by singers and groups to upload their songs’ audio files. NASA decided to upload extraordinary sounds coming from the universe, together with conversations that made the history of the US space agency, collected over 56 years.

The page also contains the dialogues between the various space shuttles and NASA, which is based in Houston, Texas. You can hear the roar of a space shuttle launch, the sounds of faraway planets, and some of the most popular words ever uttered.

All the tracks are downloadable, and NASA even suggests making one your ringtone.

Here’s a selection of the most popular tracks:

“One small step for (a) man…”

These are probably the most famous words ever pronounced from the space. Or better, from the Moon. On 21 July 1969 the Apollo 11 touched down for the first time on the lunar surface, and Neil Armstrong’s “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” made the story. Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent 21 hours and 36 minutes on the Moon. Famous is also the applause in the space centre when they landed on the Earth.

“Houston, we’ve had a problem”

The official track shows that on 13 April 1970 the astronaut Jack Swigert did not say “Houston, we have a problem” but rather, “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” Apollo 13 was the third US space mission intended to land on the Moon. It never happened, because after 55 hours from the launch, the shuttle underwent a damage that forced the crew to go back. Apollo 13’s complicated return inspired the movie by Ron Howard.

“To infinity – and beyond”

This is the Solar System & Beyond Sounds collection, sounds coming from the Solar system, and beyond.

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