Voyager 1 Captures First Ever Recording of Sound in Interstellar Space

Scientists from NASA have released the first ever sounds heard from interstellar space courtesy of the Voyager 1 exploration…

The 1979 film Alien had a famous tagline that said ‘in space no one can hear you scream’ and while that may still hold true, we do know there are sounds existing in interstellar space thanks to the release of new findings courtesy of the Voyager 1 spacecraft.

Following a 35 year journey into the deepest reaches of our galaxy, Voyager 1 left our solar system in August 2012 and now scientists are receiving some of the data back from the spacecraft including the first ever audio recording from spacecraft.

According to NASA scientists the sounds were made by “the vibration of dense plasma, or ionized gas, they were captured by the probe’s plasma wave instrument’.

“When you hear this recording, please recognize that this is an historic event. It’s the first time that we’ve ever made a recording of sounds in interstellar space,” Don Gurnett, a scientist investigating the sounds recorded by Voyager 1 said in press conference recently.

Scientists were recently able to confirm that Voyager 1 had reached interstellar space after a massive solar eruption happened in March 2012 and arrived at the spacecraft approximately 13 months later. Due to the measurements of the plasma’s density, scientists were able to conclude that this is the point of which the probe made it to interstellar space.

The original mission for Voyager 1 ended in 1989, but scientists continue to track and communicate with the space probe as it journeyed further and further out into the deepest reaches of space.

Without further ado check out the sounds from deep space in this audio recording from NASA.

[youtube width=”600″ height=”464″ video_id=”LIAZWb9_si4″]

Related News

Comments are closed