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NASA Releases Ringtones

Imagine everytime your phone rings, you hear Neil Armstrong’s “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” or how about “Houston, we’ve had a problem” everytime you receive an email. It’s possible now thanks to NASA’s decision to scourits audio archives for a selection of what it’s collaing “historic and interesting sounds.”

“NASA has been making historic sounds for over 50 years,” NASA App project manager Jerry Colen said. “Now we’re making some of these memorable sounds easy to find an use.” The sounds are organized into four categories: shuttle and station, Apollo and Mercury, current missiongs and beeps & bytes. There are 36 audio clips available.

In addition to the memorable lines, there’s plenty of sounds you’ve probably never heard. “Landing comments begins with the speaker tapping the microphone to check it’s working, before saying, ‘Nose gear touchdown. Having fired the imagination of a generation, a ship like no other, its place in history secured, the space shuttle pulls into port for the last time, its voyage at an end.’” There’s even a clip from JFK’s historic moon landing speech.

All of the audio clips are available in MP3 and M4R formats. Android users can download the clips by first downloading the NASA App. iPhone users should follow the instructions here. To listen to all the available sound bites, click here.


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