I Need a New Ringtone. Gimme Jack Swigert from Apollo 13.

Yesterday, NASA released a collection of free sound files from its vast archives so that space freaks might use them on as ringtones.  They include:


  • The beeps from Sputnik in 1957.
  • JFK’s “Man on the moon before the decade is out” speech.
  • Jack Swigert’s actual “Houston, we have a problem” message.
  • And my favourite:  “sound wave converssions of the light curve wave created by stars discovered by NASA’s Kepler mission and other sounds of planets and stars.”


Sure beats having a Rihanna ringtone, don’t it?


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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