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Posts: 3168
From: San Diego
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posted 09-02-2008 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Found part of an interview I once did with Mattingly:
Q: I love your description of solo time around the moon, doing your own solo lunar science mission, listening to classical music. Was that a favorite moment of the flight?

A: It's another highlight. I look back on that, and it's a series of highlights. There is no sensation, no view that you could say is it. There is just this endless stream of unbelievable things that happened. But for me, putting music with these unbelievable sensations is just kind of the ultimate in exhilaration. I think, having talked to John, one of the few who had a chance to fly solo and have a chance to go down and land, they are both unique experiences. You really want to do both - I didn't quite get to do the second part. Which I miss, but I had never trained that configuration.


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From: Upcountry, Maui, Hawaii
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posted 10-30-2008 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Speaking of which, I recently came across (and bought) this neat contemporary replica of Schirra's harmonica
Does an audio recording exist from mid-December 1965, of Wally playing Jingle Bells on his "smuggled-aboard" harmonica?

If so, is there a place that it can be downloaded from?


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From: Spring, Texas, USA
Registered: Dec 2007

posted 09-26-2009 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CPCM     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a personal music cassette that was flown to the Moon from an Apollo astronaut and wondered what this group thought about such an item as a collectible since it is not a NASA piece of hardware.

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From: Canada
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posted 09-27-2009 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thinking of it, many desirable artifacts do not origin from NASA per say. Much of the equipment, documentation and memorabilia have been contracted and manufactured outside of NASA, albeit the agency might very well have been involved in design.

And although your audio cassette might not have been manufactured by NASA or on its behalf, the agency most probably had to process this artifact along the way to approve its presence and use on board.

This sound as a very desirable piece indeed.


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From: Brussels, Belgium
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posted 09-29-2009 03:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Everybody seems to forget the Russians, who took a lot of musical instruments and art objects to the Mir space station. Cosmonauts filmed art objects and provided the guitar music.

Also check out the DVD "Out of the Present". Moreover, Russian ballet dancers did performances onboard the Il-76 cargo planes used for zero G training...


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From: Louisiana
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posted 09-30-2009 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstronautBrian   Click Here to Email AstronautBrian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by StarDome:
Slim Dusty was the first artist broadcast from the Space Shuttle when astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen played his rendition of Waltzing Matilda from Space Shuttle Columbia...
I would love to hear a recording of that. Slim Dusty was the best!

I just finished re-reading "Lost Moon," and Lovell mentions Haise playing "Age of Aquarius."

carl walker

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From: Netherlands
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posted 11-20-2009 04:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carl walker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
19 November 1969. Apollo 12. The second Apollo moon landing. Pete Conrad and Alan Bean walk on the Moon, Dick Gordon remains in lunar orbit. The crew have a small tape recorder and some tapes of their favourite songs. This selection is based on the mission transcripts and a list of music obtained from Pete Conrad - music played while going to the Moon 40 years ago!

For iTunes users, see UK iTunes store, search iMix 'Apollo 12'. Track list:

  • Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
  • Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
  • Freight Train - Peter, Paul And Mary
  • Those Were the Days - Mary Hopkin
  • Wedding Bell Blues - The 5th Dimension
  • Sugar Sugar - The Archies
  • Little Woman - Bobby Sherman
  • Mexican Shuffle - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
  • Sam's Place - Buck Owens
  • Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms - Buck Owens
  • Jerry's Breakdown - Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed
  • San Antonio Rose - Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys
  • Louisiana Man - Charley Pride
  • Orange Blossom Special - Don Rich & the Buckaroos
  • I'm So Afraid of Losing You Again - Charley Pride
  • Wine Me Up - Faron Young
  • Kaw-Liga - Charley Pride
  • Oh, Lonesome Me - Don Gibson
(It might not look much, but it's taken me 10 years to track down these, since my first note to Pete Conrad in 1999!)


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From: Northwest Indiana
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posted 05-26-2011 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by Darren Russell Hayman:
I am now writing an article about the music that has been taken into space by astronauts and unmanned satellites.
I recently acquired some more space flown cassettes from Apollo, and wanted to read Darren's article. I noticed he never posted a link, but I was able to find one today, so I thought I'd post it for others as well.


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From: Brussels, Belgium
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posted 11-01-2016 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the documentary "For All Mankind," we learned that Apollo 16 Ken Mattingly listened to Hector Berlioz "Symphony Fantastique" (1830), Holst "The Planets" and Richard Straus "Also sprach Zarathustra" (1896)...

Anywhere a list of other classical music taken onboard the Apollo missions?

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From: UK
Registered: Dec 2010

posted 05-06-2017 07:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for holcombeyates   Click Here to Email holcombeyates     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A number of audio tapes were flown on Apollo missions.

There is a little audio clip in "For All Mankind," hence my question... is anyone aware of these recordings being documented or better yet converted to electronic media?

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Larry McGlynn

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From: Boston, MA
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posted 05-06-2017 08:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a history of an Apollo X music tape at this blog site.
The crew had a special creation from home to occupy them during lulls in the flight in the form of a contemporary popular music cassette tape that was recorded with the help of a friend...


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From: Dublin, Ireland
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posted 05-06-2017 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apollo 14 LMP Dr. Edgar Mitchell flew 4 Scotch C-60 audio cassette mixtapes in his PPK aboard CM Kittyhawk.

Artists included:

  • The Beatles
  • Simon and Garfunkel
  • Blood Sweat and Tears
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • James Taylor
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Otis Redding
  • Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass
  • Al Hirt
  • Mason Williams
  • Paul Mauriat
  • Bob Haggart and His Bobcats
  • Music from the stage play My Fair Lady
According to a Billboard Magazine article of 18 March 1972 "Music Enlivens Apollo 14 Shot," Apollo 14 CMP Lt. Col. Stuart Roosa initiated a request to disk jockey Bill Bailey of KIKK in Pasadena, Texas, asking that Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Sonny James make a tape of songs for the Apollo 14 crew.
The story of how country music flew to the moon with the Apollo 14 flight has been revealed in a ceremony here.

Each of the three artists did original recordings for the flight. Cash wrote and narrated a history of America, to music; Lewis booked a recording session at Fame Studio in Memphis at his own expense, and did a special show for Roosa, Ed Mitchell, and Alan Shepard. Along with narration, there were selected songs. Among others, he sang Roosa's favorite, "Waiting For A Train."

James also included some requested songs, concluding with a religious rendition. Apollo 14 took the tapes to the moon, and Lewis and James received autographed photos of the flight, together with a letter of thanks from Roosa mounted on plaques with cloth flags that had accompanied the astronauts on their flight.

The presentation to the singers was made on stage here when they appeared at a recent concert. James, calling the incident the "greatest thrill of my life," said he would eventually turn his letter, pictures and flag over to the Country Music Hall of Fame so that all country fans could share in the event.

The tape of Cash was removed by Bailey when a member of the singer's entourage let it slip to the press in Tucson, Arizona, that such a project was underway. It was not Cash who made the revelation. Bailey said at the time that the success of the project depended upon absolute secrecy.

Lewis' 30 minute tape contained the following songs:
  • San Antonio Rose
  • Waiting For A Train
  • We Live In Two Different Worlds
  • Green Green Grass Of Home
  • Great Balls Of Fire
  • I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)
  • I'll Fly Away
More detail can be found here.

The letter from Roosa to Lewis, dated 25 May 1971, hung proudly in Lewis' home in Nesbit, Mississippi, and reads:

Dear Mr Lewis,

Our most heartfelt thank you for the tremendous tape you cut for me to take on Apollo 14. I can’t really describe how much it meant to me to have your music on board when we were 240,000 miles from home and the Earth had shrunk to a tiny ball.

There are photographs of the presentation to James and Lewis on Saturday 12 February 1972 here and here.

It might be possible to see the letter (if it hasn't been sold in last year's estate sale), as Lewis has recently re-opened his home to tours. Small private group tours are by appointment only taking place each Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours are $30 per person. Tickets are available at the Lewis Ranch website.


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From: UK
Registered: Mar 2012

posted 06-16-2020 04:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has there ever been a list of all crew choice of songs/music played during Apollo missions from Apollo 10 onwards?

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From: Germantown, WI USA
Registered: Jan 2004

posted 06-27-2020 04:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikej   Click Here to Email mikej     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As noted in Country musician Buck Owens: Apollo 16 session, Buck Owens recorded a selection of songs especially for Charlie Duke.

The track listing is available on YouTube (tracks 14-22; it's packaged with a live concert recorded at the White House).

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