NASA launches free sound library of iconic recordings

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Many of us can probably remember where we were when Neil Armstrong took that one small step for a man back in July of 1969.

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For those of you who weren’t around back then, you can now listen to Armstrong uttering those historic words thanks to NASA’s new dedicated Soundcloud account.

The BBC reports that historical audio from NASA missions has been uploaded to a free sound library on the service.

More than 60 samples have been added to the account, but the US space agency has disabled comments – clearly to stop the trolls from calling Armstrong and his colleagues childish names.

“You can hear the roar of a space shuttle launch or Neil Armstrong’s ‘one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind’ every time you get a phone call, if you make our sounds your ringtone,” the NASA Soundcloud profile says.

“Or, you can hear the memorable words ‘Houston, we’ve had a problem,’ every time you make an error on your computer.”

The clips are all free to use, and to even remix if you wish – all NASA asks is that you do list it as the source. Which is more than reasonable, considering the expense involved in acquiring many of these sounds – going to the moon is not cheap.

Stuart O’Connor