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Space is the place. Again.

And SoundCloud is now a place you can find sounds from the US government space agency, NASA. In addition to the requisite vocal clips (“Houston, we’ve had a problem” and “The Eagle has landed”), you get a lot more. There are rocket sounds, the chirps of satellites and equipment, lightning on Jupiter, interstellar plasma and radio emissions. And in one nod to humanity, and not just American humanity, there’s the Soviet satellite Sputnik (among many projects that are international in nature).

Many of these sounds were available before; I’ve actually used a number of them in my own music. But putting them on SoundCloud makes them much easier to browse and find, and there are download links. Have a listen below.

Another thing: you’re free to use all of these sounds as you wish, because NASA’s own audio isn’t copyrighted. It’s meant to be a public service to the American people of their taxpayer-funded government program, but that extends to everyone. There are some restrictions – not everything NASA publishes is covered by the same license, though it appears to be on SoundCloud. And you aren’t free to use NASA’s name or logo or imply commercial endorsement. (The Eagle didn’t land on a bag of Doritos.) But that means just about any imaginable musical application is fair game. They do ask you to list NASA as source, but that’s only reasonable. Read their content guidelines for full details.

Let the space remixing begin.

European Space Agency, your move.

Update: ESA has started posting downloadable sounds on SoundCloud! Best of all, these include lots of new materials – and they’re under a more permissive Creative Commons – Attribution – Share Alike license!

https://soundcloud.com/nasa

Have you made music with space sounds? Let us know in comments.

More Sounds

Want more?

It’s slower to browse, but there’s an even bigger library on Archive.org.

NASA Audio Collection

They’re all marked public domain (which is almost certainly the correct license for the above, not Non-Commercial Creative Commons).

It gets weird. For instance, here’s a 1970 comedy skit, produced in-house. And it gets obscure – like briefing audio from a recent ISS mission. But there are some gems in there, too.

NASA also has a small page of sounds that seems to be the basis of the above, but the Archive.org collection is bigger.

The European Space Agency has its own set of sounds, though like NASA, ESA could do some more archival work! (Some of these come from NASA, too.)

The University of Iowa has a selection of space sounds:
Space Audio

The “space sounds” phenomenon here is fascinating: these are radio emissions, but in the audible spectrum – that is, there’s no remapping. You’re listening to a direct recording of those radio signals at their real frequencies, which happen to be ones you can hear. NASA explains how Iowa’s instruments work:

Sounds of Space: New ‘Chorus’ Recording By RBSP’s EMFISIS Instrument

This same technique is the topic of a TED talk (as Professor Donald Gurnett had championed at Iowa):

Artist-technologist Honor Harger listens to the weird and wonderful noises of stars and planets and pulsars. In her work, she tracks the radio waves emitted by ancient celestial objects and turns them into sound, including “the oldest song you will ever hear,” the sound of cosmic rays left over from the Big Bang.

Comments

And yes, in response to comments:

1. Almost certainly, the Creative Commons Non-Commercial license is a mistake – a misunderstanding of how CC works, or confusion with the SoundCloud metadata, or both. (I’m guessing they chose Non-Commercial because NASA doesn’t allow commercial endorsement, but that’s not actually what the CC license is dealing with – and these sounds were already released into the public domain. CC licenses require copyright, which they lack.)

2. Higher-quality audio would be nice. NASA has it, but uploading archival materials requires lots of resources the agency doesn’t have. Research grant, someone? Or should CDM just publish from Houston for a few months and I’ll work on it?

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  • chaircrusher

    Oh great. Saturn sounds like a bad noise reduction algorithm.

  • chaircrusher

    Oh great. Saturn sounds like a bad noise reduction algorithm.

  • netchaiev

    I made a bunch of theater soundtracks sound design with space sounds and live cinemix too. its on a song on a record too of electro-jazz.

  • lackofram
  • netchaiev

    I made a bunch of theater soundtracks sound design with space sounds and live cinemix too. its on a song on a record too of electro-jazz.

  • lackofram
  • joshspoon

    A great share Peter. I made an EP based off a lot of these sounds on archive.org. The most used was in this track, http://joshspoon.bandcamp.com/track/blast-off, pumping rocket engines. Kennedy and other NASA recording. It was fun, will use again.

  • A great share Peter. I made an EP based off a lot of these sounds on archive.org. The most used was in this track, http://joshspoon.bandcamp.com/track/blast-off, pumping rocket engines. Kennedy and other NASA recording. It was fun, will use again.

  • Dan Owen

    SICK!

  • Dan Owen

    SICK!

  • wish this existed a couple months back when I was pouring through old NASA files. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg-gF-TX05w

  • wish this existed a couple months back when I was pouring through old NASA files. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg-gF-TX05w

    I ended up with video clips too, which got used in the video, so it wasn’t a total waste of time.

  • Spinnet

    This one was made mostly by space sounds, filtered through various ableton fx devices. https://soundcloud.com/fabrics/void-shuttle?in=fabrics/sets/fabrics

  • Spinnet

    This one was made mostly by space sounds, filtered through various ableton fx devices. https://soundcloud.com/fabrics/void-shuttle?in=fabrics/sets/fabrics

  • PaulDavisTheFirst

    Would have been nice to just download a zip/tar of these sounds in an uncompressed format.

    • Will

      Indeed. Odd that the SC tracks don’t appear to have download links.

      There’s a lot of downloadable content here: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/sounds/ and here https://archive.org/details/nasaaudiocollection. No tar balls but there are browser plugins that help.

      Still cool that they put these in a popularish public space though.

    • travelsonic

      I don’t see why someone couldn’t create a torrent of it all – by which I strictly speak about the actual act of doing it, irrespective of anything else at the moment, may not be legal tender (due to any restrictions on the audio I mean, torrenting is merely technological means of distributing data, and legal in of itself) but someone can do it, and odds are may if the demand is high enough.

  • PaulDavisTheFirst

    Would have been nice to just download a zip/tar of these sounds in an uncompressed format.

    • Will

      Indeed. Odd that the SC tracks don’t appear to have download links.

      There’s a lot of downloadable content here: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/sounds/ and here https://archive.org/details/nasaaudiocollection. No tar balls but there are browser plugins that help.

      Still cool that they put these in a popularish public space though.

    • travelsonic

      I don’t see why someone couldn’t create a torrent of it all – by which I strictly speak about the actual act of doing it, irrespective of anything else at the moment, may not be legal tender (due to any restrictions on the audio I mean, torrenting is merely technological means of distributing data, and legal in of itself) but someone can do it, and odds are may if the demand is high enough.

  • Will

    Very cool to have these in a public audio space like this. Wonder if they or soundcloud initiated this?

  • Will

    Very cool to have these in a public audio space like this. Wonder if they or soundcloud initiated this?

  • TO BE MORE SPECIFIC, YOU ARE FREE TO DOWNLOAD 64KBPS MP3S, ONE AT A TIME, INSTEAD OF BEING GIVEN A WAV/AIFF PACKAGE. THANKS NASA.

    • Romain

      completely agree

    • Floes

      ugggg mp3’s bitch please…

      • tom merchant

        MP3’s are actually very similar in quality to 16 bit wavs, that is, not much difference unless the wave file is at a very high bitrate.
        So, there is no point in having it in wav/aiff format if it’s going to be streamed or downloaded over the internet, not to mention that mp3 is a way more widely supported format especially on mobile devices. I don’t see what you are complaining about, they are bad quality anyway, the format won’t change that.

        • bobdole

          “if it’s going to be streamed or downloaded over the internet”

          you are at createdigitalmusic.com where most people’s interest is in creating digital music.

          • Jon

            I don’t think NASA is doing this specifically for users of this site… it’s for the general public, so complaining like they should have had the needs of music producers in mind is a bit silly..

          • No, but archivists might also like higher quality… and the response to this story is doubly interesting. They surely *didn’t* expect producers to care, but producers do surely care. 🙂

        • swatbot

          Say what? Wave is non-compressed audio, were you to stream it the bitrate for 16-bit CD/redbook audio is ~1440kb/s. 64kb/s mp3’s have more than just significant high frequency loss–they introduce significant compression artifacts like warbling and ‘chirping’.

          • Sky

            Problem is in 64kb/s not in MP3 part. You can have high bitrate MP3s just fine. 64kb/s is a joke.

        • Mike Saint-Jules

          They can easily be EQ’d to get better sounding quality. And if you want to get crazy, decode the mp3s to wavs and then use them at your leisure. This is for people who really want to use them for production. For myself, I’ll just use the mp3s and EQ them.

          • zulu

            No way man you can’t decode mp3 to waw and get better sound

          • Jacky Vicious

            You know how this is kind of like the most stupid shit i have ever read, yes? You cant “decode” mp3 to wav and get the lost information back. where is it supposed to come from?

            If you fill 1L Milk into an 200ml Cup then you will spill 800ml forever. It wont come back after you fill the cup back into the milk can.

          • Hey, don’t sweat it. This is a comment thread. You can explain what you mean; you don’t have to get all emotional about it with random strangers.

        • Jeff Goldblum

          LOL! You have no idea my friend. There is ABSOLUTELY a difference between a 320 mp3 and a 44.1 16 bit wav file. mp3s cut off the high and low frequencies of what we supposedly cant hear. Most of the time these frequencies are more so felt than heard, but sometimes a 320 mp3 can sound drastically different from a 44.1 16 bit wav file because of over compression/loudness wars. Bit depth has nothing to do with how good something can sound. It just means the audio has more room to breathe in the numeric realm.

        • John SomeJerk

          You have no idea what you are talking about

          • Thomas Thorne

            Don’t want to teach him then, eh? Be specific.

      • Sam Lee

        Encoding above certain bit-rates is only necessary when you’re dealing with broad-spectrum sounds like music; when the audio is simple it literally takes fewer bytes to encode as most of the frequency range is missing. (it’s the same sorta thing with digital images and why simple/blank photos take up less space than complex ones)

        Also, I highly suspect the audio quality would be virtually the same in uncompressed format, I don’t know the exact technical details but I know most things carried out in space are done so with upmost efficiency, entire satellites operating on 20 watts of power and that sort of thing..

        When you consider the great distances involved in transmission in addition to the sole purpose of the transmissions simply being audibly legible (no U87’s in sight I’m afraid) the original radio transmissions carried out with tiny power-efficient microphones probably sounded near identical to these 64kbps ones.

        haha now that I’ve mentioned it I’d like to hear uncompressed versions too to see if there is any difference! alas but honestly I’m sure it’d be so very slight.

    • Will

      I don’t get the all caps and 13 up votes.

      I mean, they released this massive sound library. There’s this tiny slice of people on earth who want to use these sounds for music production/sound design. Then, there’s this much larger other swath of humanity that would just like to hear this stuff. They didn’t release this collection for us; they released it for the general public—BBC and the NYT posted news stories about this release if that lends any light to my perspective. SoundCloud and 64kbps MP3s is appropriate. Youtube playlists might reach more people and 128-192 might sound better but, you know, ok.

      Maybe Mr. Kirn could find the person who pulled the trigger on this public release and ask about getting the rest of us what we’d like: zips chock full of high res audio.

      • That person probably doesn’t have that power… because as I said in comments below, this small cache of sounds keeps making the rounds.

        So, what’s needed is a new archival effort.

        I think both the positive reaction *and* the gripes about quality say to me it’d be welcomed! I don’t know if the agency has the resources to make it happen, but they do have the collections. It might be a matter of someone else stepping in to do it. (Hmmm… new charter for CDM? Heheh…)

      • Thing is, the people who are only interested in hearing it, will still be hearing mp3 compression artifacts.

        • Thaumaturgon

          the children in africa will cry a tear for you.

        • James B

          I’m sure the masters are on file at NARA…

      • Animus Invidious

        whining about cool free stuff not being more convenient is hip, apparently

    • Yeah, I agree – it’s disappointing that we don’t get new sounds or higher quality (or both). *However*:

      It’s good to see NASA on SoundCloud. And these are usable samples, if not optimal.

      NASA actually is sitting on a larger archive of sound and video material. I assume what they’re not sitting on is the funds to do archival work. But it’s possible another institution could step in and make that happen.

      The SoundCloud account is a good first step – as is this article. I’m flatly blown away by the amount of response, in terms of what we’re seeing in things like Facebook analytics.

      I’m not defending myself over-hyping this or something like that – on the contrary, I think people are *legitimately* excited about the potential of this sort of project, and these are now hard numbers to go to people and say, look, sound gets right to the heart of people’s passion about space.

    • MG

      AGEE 1000 with Esa on this. This is 2014 and we should be streaming 24 bit / 48kHz by now! In comparison, listening to an mp3 is like watching a grainy picture.

      cool thread
      I sound design for a living:)))

      FREE OUR EARS!!!

      P.S : Download ALL sounds on this page. This is FREE HISTORY!
      (Who knows…the next generations may not have access to this)

    • Wen Baldron

      dosnload a firefox plugin to grab them all

    • If you read a little further, you’ll see the link to Archive.org with has a bunch more tracks than their Soundcloud account, available as WAV.

    • ApathyNihilism

      Truly, I am sure that jet engine exhaust sounds so much better in hi-fidelity 24-bit 96kHz. I would not accept anything less.

    • Beastly NinjaPirate

      I went ahead and ripped all the audio files into one folder.

      http://www.mediafire.com/download/f02mm2chw75d7d2/NASA+Sound+Clips+2014.zip

    • Sam Lee

      Encoding above certain bit-rates is only necessary when you’re dealing with broad-spectrum sounds like music; when the audio is simple it literally takes fewer bytes to encode as most of the frequency range is missing. (it’s the same sorta thing with digital images and why simple/blank photos take up less space than complex ones)

      Also, I highly suspect the audio quality would be virtually the same in uncompressed format, I don’t know the exact technical details but I know most things carried out in space are done so with upmost efficiency, entire satellites operating on 20 watts of power and that sort of thing..

      When you consider the great distances involved in transmission in addition to the sole purpose of the transmissions simply being audibly legible (no U87’s in sight I’m afraid) the original radio transmissions carried out with tiny power-efficient microphones probably sounded near identical to these 64kbps ones.

      Lastly, you can download the whole collection of sounds from other sites just search around, I know the pirate bay’s not allowed in some countries but they have it there for sure.

      haha now that I’ve mentioned it I’d like to hear uncompressed versions too to see if there is any difference! alas but honestly I’m sure it’d be so very slight.

    • Thomas Thorne

      Look, this is NASA we’re talking about. They build spacecraft for peanuts. They don’t have any budget for bandwidth fees.

      • Soundcloud != bandwidth fees.

        • Thomas Thorne

          I wasn’t aware you could put lossless formats on soundcloud before. I just looked into it, and you can! I learned something today.

    • Dimehead

      You think Sputnik was designed to give you a fucking WAVE file? Yes, NASA failed to deliver with Voyager/whatever else because YOU want a FLAC file up your arse. Unless you got a better way of getting your ass up to Jupiter to record a fucking LIGHTNING STORM, shut the fuck up.
      I think it’s monumental that we even get the chance to hear this. Absolutely fantastic.

      • D’you honestly think they sent out 64kbps mp3s from space? because surely not. Yep it’s cool and all getting all kinds of sounds. but for them to be compressed to low-grade MP3 format instead of NASA giving the original wavefiles is a bit soggy. I seriously doubt they have MP3 encoders on-board in space.

    • Vökjöngen

      I see big flacs on archive… why u no want?

    • Josh Nickel

      It took 3 minutes to hit download on all of them and it was downloaded in a few minutes… patience its a virtue

  • TO BE MORE SPECIFIC, YOU ARE FREE TO DOWNLOAD 64KBPS MP3S, ONE AT A TIME, INSTEAD OF BEING GIVEN A WAV/AIFF PACKAGE. THANKS NASA.

    • Romain

      completely agree

    • Floes

      ugggg mp3’s bitch please…

      • Guest

        MP3’s are actually very similar in quality to 16 bit wavs, that is, not much difference unless the wave file is at a very high bitrate.
        So, there is no point in having it in wav/aiff format if it’s going to be streamed or downloaded over the internet, not to mention that mp3 is a way more widely supported format especially on mobile devices. I don’t see what you are complaining about, they are bad quality anyway, the format won’t change that.

        • bobdole

          “if it’s going to be streamed or downloaded over the internet”

          you are at createdigitalmusic.com where most people’s interest is in creating digital music.

          • Jon

            I don’t think NASA is doing this specifically for users of this site… it’s for the general public, so complaining like they should have had the needs of music producers in mind is a bit silly..

          • No, but archivists might also like higher quality… and the response to this story is doubly interesting. They surely *didn’t* expect producers to care, but producers do surely care. 🙂

        • swatbot

          Huh? Wave is non-compressed audio, were you to stream it the bitrate for everyday, common 16-bit CD/redbook audio is ~1440kb/s. This is a normal bitrate for .wav audio (not very high).

          64kb/s mp3’s on the other hand not only obliterate the high frequencies–they introduce significant compression artifacts like audible warbling and ‘chirping’. Which is fine for general interest of course, just unfortunate if you wish those artifacts weren’t there. The two are not that similar in quality..

          • Sky

            Problem is in 64kb/s not in MP3 part. You can have high bitrate MP3s just fine. 64kb/s is a joke.

        • Mike Saint-Jules

          They can easily be EQ’d to get better sounding quality. And if you want to get crazy, decode the mp3s to wavs and then use them at your leisure. This is for people who really want to use them for production. For myself, I’ll just use the mp3s and EQ them.

          • zulu

            No way man you can’t decode mp3 to waw and get better sound

          • Jacky Vicious

            You know how this is kind of like the most stupid shit i have ever read, yes? You cant “decode” mp3 to wav and get the lost information back. where is it supposed to come from?

            If you fill 1L Milk into an 200ml Cup then you will spill 800ml forever. It wont come back after you fill the cup back into the milk can.

          • Hey, don’t sweat it. This is a comment thread. You can explain what you mean; you don’t have to get all emotional about it with random strangers.

        • Jeff Goldblum

          LOL! You have no idea my friend. There is ABSOLUTELY a difference between a 320 mp3 and a 44.1 16 bit wav file. mp3s cut off the high and low frequencies of what we supposedly cant hear. Most of the time these frequencies are more so felt than heard, but sometimes a 320 mp3 can sound drastically different from a 44.1 16 bit wav file because of over compression/loudness wars. Bit depth has nothing to do with how good something can sound. It just means the audio has more room to breathe in the numeric realm.

        • John SomeJerk

          You have no idea what you are talking about

          • Thomas Thorne

            Don’t want to teach him then, eh? Be specific.

      • Sam Lee

        Encoding above certain bit-rates is only necessary when you’re dealing with broad-spectrum sounds like music; when the audio is simple it literally takes fewer bytes to encode as most of the frequency range is missing. (it’s the same sorta thing with digital images and why simple/blank photos take up less space than complex ones)

        Also, I highly suspect the audio quality would be virtually the same in uncompressed format, I don’t know the exact technical details but I know most things carried out in space are done so with upmost efficiency, entire satellites operating on 20 watts of power and that sort of thing..

        When you consider the great distances involved in transmission in addition to the sole purpose of the transmissions simply being audibly legible (no U87’s in sight I’m afraid) the original radio transmissions carried out with tiny power-efficient microphones probably sounded near identical to these 64kbps ones.

        haha now that I’ve mentioned it I’d like to hear uncompressed versions too to see if there is any difference! alas but honestly I’m sure it’d be so very slight.

    • Will

      I don’t get the all caps and all of the up votes.

      I mean, NASA released this massive sound library. There’s this tiny slice of people on earth who want to use these sounds for music production/sound design. Then, there’s this other much larger swath of humanity that would just like to hear this stuff. They didn’t release this collection for us; they released it for the general public—the BBC and the NYT posted news stories about this release if that lends any light to my perspective. SoundCloud and 64kbps MP3s is appropriate. Youtube playlists might reach more people and 128-192 might sound better but, you know, ok.

      Maybe Mr. Kirn could find the person who pulled the trigger on this public release and ask about getting the rest of us what we’d like: zips chock full of high res audio.

      • That person probably doesn’t have that power… because as I said in comments below, this small cache of sounds keeps making the rounds.

        So, what’s needed is a new archival effort.

        I think both the positive reaction *and* the gripes about quality say to me it’d be welcomed! I don’t know if the agency has the resources to make it happen, but they do have the collections. It might be a matter of someone else stepping in to do it. (Hmmm… new charter for CDM? Heheh…)

      • Thing is, the people who are only interested in hearing it, will still be hearing mp3 compression artifacts.

        • Thaumaturgon

          the children in africa will cry a tear for you.

        • James B

          I’m sure the masters are on file at NARA…

      • Animus Invidious

        whining about cool free stuff not being more convenient is hip, apparently

    • Yeah, I agree – it’s disappointing that we don’t get new sounds or higher quality (or both). *However*:

      It’s good to see NASA on SoundCloud. And these are usable samples, if not optimal.

      NASA actually is sitting on a larger archive of sound and video material. I assume what they’re not sitting on is the funds to do archival work. But it’s possible another institution could step in and make that happen.

      The SoundCloud account is a good first step – as is this article. I’m flatly blown away by the amount of response, in terms of what we’re seeing in things like Facebook analytics.

      I’m not defending myself over-hyping this or something like that – on the contrary, I think people are *legitimately* excited about the potential of this sort of project, and these are now hard numbers to go to people and say, look, sound gets right to the heart of people’s passion about space.

    • MG

      AGEE 1000 with Esa on this. This is 2014 and we should be streaming 24 bit / 48kHz by now! In comparison, listening to an mp3 is like watching a grainy picture.

      cool thread
      I sound design for a living:)))

      FREE OUR EARS!!!

      P.S : Download ALL sounds on this page. This is FREE HISTORY!
      (Who knows…the next generations may not have access to this)

    • Wen Baldron

      dosnload a firefox plugin to grab them all

    • If you read a little further, you’ll see the link to Archive.org with has a bunch more tracks than their Soundcloud account, available as WAV.

    • ApathyNihilism

      Truly, I am sure that jet engine exhaust sounds so much better in hi-fidelity 24-bit 96kHz. I would not accept anything less.

    • Beastly NinjaPirate

      I went ahead and ripped all the audio files into one folder.

      http://www.mediafire.com/download/f02mm2chw75d7d2/NASA+Sound+Clips+2014.zip

    • Sam Lee

      Encoding above certain bit-rates is only necessary when you’re dealing with broad-spectrum sounds like music; when the audio is simple it literally takes fewer bytes to encode as most of the frequency range is missing. (it’s the same sorta thing with digital images and why simple/blank photos take up less space than complex ones)

      Also, I highly suspect the audio quality would be virtually the same in uncompressed format, I don’t know the exact technical details but I know most things carried out in space are done so with upmost efficiency, entire satellites operating on 20 watts of power and that sort of thing..

      When you consider the great distances involved in transmission in addition to the sole purpose of the transmissions simply being audibly legible (no U87’s in sight I’m afraid) the original radio transmissions carried out with tiny power-efficient microphones probably sounded near identical to these 64kbps ones.

      Lastly, you can download the whole collection of sounds from other sites just search around, I know the pirate bay’s not allowed in some countries but they have it there for sure.

      haha now that I’ve mentioned it I’d like to hear uncompressed versions too to see if there is any difference! alas but honestly I’m sure it’d be so very slight.

    • Thomas Thorne

      Look, this is NASA we’re talking about. They build spacecraft for peanuts. They don’t have any budget for bandwidth fees.

      • Soundcloud != bandwidth fees.

        • Thomas Thorne

          I wasn’t aware you could put lossless formats on soundcloud before. I just looked into it, and you can! I learned something today.

    • Dimehead

      You think Sputnik was designed to give you a fucking WAVE file? Yes, NASA failed to deliver with Voyager/whatever else because YOU want a FLAC file up your arse. Unless you got a better way of getting your ass up to Jupiter to record a fucking LIGHTNING STORM, shut the fuck up.
      I think it’s monumental that we even get the chance to hear this. Absolutely fantastic.

      • D’you honestly think they sent out 64kbps mp3s from space? because surely not. Yep it’s cool and all getting all kinds of sounds. but for them to be compressed to low-grade MP3 format instead of NASA giving the original wavefiles is a bit soggy. I seriously doubt they have MP3 encoders on-board in space.

    • Vökjöngen

      I see big flacs on archive… why u no want?

    • Josh Nickel

      It took 3 minutes to hit download on all of them and it was downloaded in a few minutes… patience its a virtue

  • The stuff I clicked is all Creative Commons BY-NC licensed. But it would be far more logical for NASA to use BY-SA instead! I hope Creative Commons is reading this too.

    • Actually, I don’t think that they can do that – or they don’t mean to do that.

      Creative Commons isn’t public domain, and as far as I know, once things are released into public domain they can’t be easily “taken back.” (Not in any way that would hold up, certainly.) This seems like a SoundCloud metadata mixup more than the actual license on this material, because elsewhere they’re under NASA’s public domain license.

      I think the “non-commercial” is probably NASA misunderstanding how to apply their policy about using the NASA name for commercial use. (That is, what they say about their logo and name are separate from the content, which was released by the US government without copyright restrictions.)

      • confusing. NC means: never use a sample in your production. it makes these sounds totally useless.

        • Right — and it’s clearly the wrong license. 😉

          Here’s the thing.

          The terms of use on the SoundCloud account point to NASA’s existing terms of use, which specify public domain. (Public domain, of course, isn’t any kind of Creative Commons license, per se. CC does have a PD logo you can put on things, but a CC license presumes copyright.)

          And I’m familiar with these sounds, because they’re also here (and have been on a similar page for years):
          http://www.nasa.gov/connect/sounds/index.html#.VElP5ouUcpw

          — which are again covered by that same blanket public domain license.

          But this article’s enormous response I may use to go back to some NASA archivists and say, look, you can do better – and you’ll have a big audience.

          • Aha PD, that’s great. Interesting case though, to put PD stuff again under a more restrictive CC license 🙂

  • The stuff I clicked is all Creative Commons BY-NC licensed. But it would be far more logical for NASA to use BY-SA instead! I hope Creative Commons is reading this too.

    • Actually, I don’t think that they can do that – or they don’t mean to do that.

      Creative Commons isn’t public domain, and as far as I know, once things are released into public domain they can’t be easily “taken back.” (Not in any way that would hold up, certainly.) This seems like a SoundCloud metadata mixup more than the actual license on this material, because elsewhere they’re under NASA’s public domain license.

      I think the “non-commercial” is probably NASA misunderstanding how to apply their policy about using the NASA name for commercial use. (That is, what they say about their logo and name are separate from the content, which was released by the US government without copyright restrictions.)

      • confusing. NC means: never use a sample in your production. it makes these sounds totally useless.

        • Right — and it’s clearly the wrong license. 😉

          Here’s the thing.

          The terms of use on the SoundCloud account point to NASA’s existing terms of use, which specify public domain. (Public domain, of course, isn’t any kind of Creative Commons license, per se. CC does have a PD logo you can put on things, but a CC license presumes copyright.)

          And I’m familiar with these sounds, because they’re also here (and have been on a similar page for years):
          http://www.nasa.gov/connect/sounds/index.html#.VElP5ouUcpw

          — which are again covered by that same blanket public domain license.

          But this article’s enormous response I may use to go back to some NASA archivists and say, look, you can do better – and you’ll have a big audience.

          • Aha PD, that’s great. Interesting case though, to put PD stuff again under a more restrictive CC license 🙂

  • Steve Kirn

    Well, this is fun! Just down the road from the Kennedy SC here in Orlando. Great share!

  • Steve Kirn

    Well, this is fun! Just down the road from the Kennedy SC here in Orlando. Great share!

  • CypherCol
  • CypherCol
  • World Abounding
  • World Abounding
  • I wouldn’t call this huge, and as pointed out, it’s not too good for professional musical purposes, but it’s something. Probably good to drop into your iMovie video, or other consumer-grade social media, which is actually not bad. Just a week or two ago, I wanted to do a project collecting as many countdowns as possible, and I think there are three, pretty incomplete ones in this set.
    Digging around somewhat, there may be a way to get more complete and comprehensive NASA, Soviet, and EuroSpace audio and video documentation and data streams. But someone would have to pay me first!

  • I wouldn’t call this huge, and as pointed out, it’s not too good for professional musical purposes, but it’s something. Probably good to drop into your iMovie video, or other consumer-grade social media, which is actually not bad. Just a week or two ago, I wanted to do a project collecting as many countdowns as possible, and I think there are three, pretty incomplete ones in this set.
    Digging around somewhat, there may be a way to get more complete and comprehensive NASA, Soviet, and EuroSpace audio and video documentation and data streams. But someone would have to pay me first!

  • I used the NASA sounds quite a bit in my album. I made a whole drum kit from different sample of the Apollo 10 mission! Got to love those sounds!! https://shiftingwaves.bandcamp.com/track/inner-space

    • Vastquest

      very nice!

  • I used the NASA sounds quite a bit in my album. I made a whole drum kit from different sample of the Apollo 10 mission! Got to love those sounds!! https://shiftingwaves.bandcamp.com/track/inner-space

    • Vastquest

      very nice!

  • pbass

    Will be fun to play with these–thanks!

    While it doesn’t have any actual space sounds in it, we did just release a new album this week with a NASA image as cover art;)

    https://gregoryreeves.bandcamp.com/album/station-sound

  • pbass

    Will be fun to play with these–thanks!

    While it doesn’t have any actual space sounds in it, we did just release a new album this week with a NASA image as cover art;)

    https://gregoryreeves.bandcamp.com/album/station-sound

  • Tim Kays

    I have quite a few published ambient space music pieces that use the sounds of space as a backdrop. Pulsars tend to be a favorite…especially the Vela Pulsar!

    Thanks for the extra rocket fuel, NASA!

  • Tim Kays

    I have quite a few published ambient space music pieces that use the sounds of space as a backdrop. Pulsars tend to be a favorite…especially the Vela Pulsar!

    Thanks for the extra rocket fuel, NASA!

  • spacegod

    uses the ‘sound of the sun’ via pitched-up recorded radio emissions

    https://soundcloud.com/spatiumdeus/sun

  • spacegod

    uses the ‘sound of the sun’ via pitched-up recorded radio emissions

    https://soundcloud.com/spatiumdeus/sun

  • Jean-Philippe

    Check out this track I just made with some of NASA’s sounds! https://soundcloud.com/jean-philippe-dumais/an-ocean-full-of-stars

  • Jean-Philippe

    Check out this track I just made with some of NASA’s sounds! https://soundcloud.com/jean-philippe-dumais/an-ocean-full-of-stars

  • I used the classic John Glenn sample, “Oh that view is tremendous!” in my retro space track ‘Technicolour’ — it’s on Spotify: Pete Warren – Technicolour

  • I used the classic John Glenn sample, “Oh that view is tremendous!” in my retro space track ‘Technicolour’ — it’s on Spotify: Pete Warren – Technicolour

  • I used some recordings of Saturn from Cassini in a musique concrete piece: https://benashman.bandcamp.com/track/the-revenant

  • I used some recordings of Saturn from Cassini in a musique concrete piece: https://benashman.bandcamp.com/track/the-revenant

  • gary sage

    amazing post!!

  • gary sage

    amazing post!!

  • Shayde

    Took a couple of the clips and made a song/riff around it. http://youtu.be/P7950l0rHwI

  • Shayde

    Took a couple of the clips and made a song/riff around it. http://youtu.be/P7950l0rHwI

  • iet85

    is it ok to use nasa connect sounds space shuttle missions in music and send it to a record label for possible release?

    • iet85

      sounds i mean via the nasa’s connect website.

  • iet85

    is it ok to use nasa connect sounds space shuttle missions in music and send it to a record label for possible release?

    • iet85

      via the nasa’s connect website.

  • fakemoonlanding

    its too bad they didn’t include the laughter track of the employees who designed the fake moon hoax sets. nasa, making gullible sheep of you morons since the dawn of donkey rapers.

  • fakemoonlanding

    its too bad they didn’t include the laughter track of the employees who designed the fake moon hoax sets. nasa, making gullible sheep of you morons since the dawn of donkey rapers.

  • Andrew

    Check out what the UK band/composers Solomon Grey did earlier this year. The duo recorded an EP using the sounds of Ireland’s West Coast for a global online campaign for Tourism Ireland. Check out the campaign, documentary and video here: http://www.ireland.com/en-gb/wild-atlantic-way/sounds

    Get in touch with the band for more details.

  • Andrew

    Check out what the UK band/composers Solomon Grey did earlier this year. The duo recorded an EP using the sounds of Ireland’s West Coast for a global online campaign for Tourism Ireland. Check out the campaign, documentary and video here: http://www.ireland.com/en-gb/wild-atlantic-way/sounds

    Get in touch with the band for more details.

  • Josiah Bryan

    Electronic dance music with audio clips from the Apollo 11 launch and lunar landing:

    https://soundcloud.com/josiahbryan1/liftoff-apollo-11-version

  • Josiah Bryan

    Electronic dance music with audio clips from the Apollo 11 launch and lunar landing:

    https://soundcloud.com/josiahbryan1/liftoff-apollo-11-version

  • Barry Driessens

    Launch off curiosity! Nice track by me!

    https://soundcloud.com/b-b2d/curiosity-about-mars

  • Barry Driessens

    Launch off curiosity! Nice track by me!

    https://soundcloud.com/b-b2d/curiosity-about-mars

  • ChiefLaughsAtSheep

    Sound quality is EVERYTHING. Please, wav’s. Please.

  • ChiefLaughsAtSheep

    Sound quality is EVERYTHING. Please, wav’s. Please.

  • Bustin’

    I recently proposed a 1 hour challenge to some of my music friends to make some music using sounds from the NASA Soundcloud Page. I loved some of the sounds you guys uploaded so I made a little mini track using about 90% sounds from the ones you posted. IN time it will grow to a full length track. Enjoy! https://soundcloud.com/bustin/sounds-of-nasa-1-hour-challenge

  • Bustin’

    I recently proposed a 1 hour challenge to some of my music friends to make some music using sounds from the NASA Soundcloud Page. I loved some of the sounds you guys uploaded so I made a little mini track using about 90% sounds from the ones you posted. IN time it will grow to a full length track. Enjoy! https://soundcloud.com/bustin/sounds-of-nasa-1-hour-challenge

  • Douches

    Compain more about “quality” be grateful you fools!

  • Douches

    Compain more about “quality” be grateful you fools!

  • David Liney
  • David Liney
  • Ryan Murphy

    We Come In Peace – Dubstep using audio from Apollo 11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVNPouiKIj8

  • Ryan Murphy

    We Come In Peace – Dubstep using audio from Apollo 11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVNPouiKIj8

  • Grant Green

    Bunch of whiney baby’s bitching about free stuff…

  • Grant Green

    Bunch of whiney baby’s bitching about free stuff…

  • Timothy Smith
    • Troy Darc

      sharing this! Awesome!

      • Timothy Smith

        thanks! It’s my band. Mercury Project! If you need a CD they are only $5

        • Timothy Smith

          we dress the part!

  • Timothy Smith
    • Troy Darc

      sharing this! Awesome!

      • Timothy Smith

        thanks! It’s my band. Mercury Project! If you need a CD they are only $5

        • Timothy Smith

          we dress the part!

  • Nathaniel Jones

    Wonderful collection, thank you for taking the time to post, I’m gonna dive right in:)

  • Nathaniel Jones

    Wonderful collection, thank you for taking the time to post, I’m gonna dive right in:)

  • Michael Peters

    why only 30 second snippets? I want the sound of a launch from before the launch until the rockets are too far away to hear. That takes at least 3 minutes

  • Michael Peters

    why only 30 second snippets? I want the sound of a launch from before the launch until the rockets are too far away to hear. That takes at least 3 minutes

  • david moon

    We used some sounds from the Apollo 8 Missons in our rendition of this famous christmas classic.

    https://vimeo.com/34110786

  • david moon

    We used some sounds from the Apollo 8 Missons in our rendition of this famous christmas classic.

    https://vimeo.com/34110786

  • david moon

    And also some of the Apollo 15 Mission in this one.

    https://soundcloud.com/david_moon/spotlights-and-laserbeams-1

    So we think its pretty great that NASA
    is supporting the idea of free media and creativity.

    Thanks NASA

  • david moon

    And also some of the Apollo 15 Mission in this one.

    https://soundcloud.com/david_moon/spotlights-and-laserbeams-1

    So we think its pretty great that NASA
    is supporting the idea of free media and creativity.

    Thanks NASA

  • here is a new space song i just posted using the soundclips provided by nasa! featues jfk. https://soundcloud.com/iamfoss/foss-trick-d-cosmic-dimension-the-first

  • here is a new space song i just posted using the soundclips provided by nasa! featues jfk. https://soundcloud.com/iamfoss/foss-trick-d-cosmic-dimension-the-first

  • joachip

    I’ve been following NASA’s web pages and projects for a very long time, and every time they release data converted into audio, it’s super exciting to to me, as a sound engineer, musician and general space freak. I always grab audio files from NASA or other space agencies when the change is there. To this day, I still haven’t seen one single proper .wav file in 44100 Hz, 16-bit. Meanwhile the pro audio industry is moving towards 96000 hz samplerate…
    Come one NASA, harddrives aren’t that expensive, and we’re in the year 2015.

  • joachip

    I’ve been following NASA’s web pages and projects for a very long time, and every time they release data converted into audio, it’s super exciting to to me, as a sound engineer, musician and general space freak. I always grab audio files from NASA or other space agencies when the change is there. To this day, I still haven’t seen one single proper .wav file in 44100 Hz, 16-bit. Meanwhile the pro audio industry is moving towards 96000 hz samplerate…
    Come one NASA, harddrives aren’t that expensive, and we’re in the year 2015.

  • UVB76

    Here’s an account of space sounds/images I’ve made, clipped on instagram : http://instagram.com/harpalyke

  • UVB76

    Here’s an account of space sounds/images I’ve made, clipped on instagram : http://instagram.com/harpalyke

  • Awesome!

  • Awesome!

  • rina

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWE37gYxktY

    Check out my school project that I used these sounds on! Thank you for sharing and I really appreciate NASA putting these up! 🙂

  • rina

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWE37gYxktY

    Check out my school project that I used these sounds on! Thank you for sharing and I really appreciate NASA putting these up! 🙂

  • doministry

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • doministry

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • slowcompany

    There’s an amazing version of Henry Mancini’s “Dreamsville” that mixes in sounds from the launch of the Apollo 11 rocket (including the “Good luck and Godspeed” blessing from the ground control crew!)

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000003QSW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000003QSW&linkCode=as2&tag=destinyland-20&linkId=H5VZAUWARI4A6HT4

  • slowcompany

    There’s an amazing version of Henry Mancini’s “Dreamsville” that mixes in sounds from the launch of the Apollo 11 rocket (including the “Good luck and Godspeed” blessing from the ground control crew!)

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000003QSW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000003QSW&linkCode=as2&tag=destinyland-20&linkId=H5VZAUWARI4A6HT4

  • Scott Jessop
  • Scott Jessop

    https://soundcloud.com/scottie-sterling/space-signal-free-download-breaks

    A space related track. Will be starting on the NASA remix soon…

  • Guest
  • Scott Jessop

    https://soundcloud.com/scottie-sterling/space-signal-free-download-breaks

    A space related track. Will be starting on the NASA remix soon…

  • I enjoyed playing to NASA space sounds.

    https://soundcloud.com/grimmpop/spacestar-commander

  • I enjoyed playing to NASA space sounds.

    https://soundcloud.com/grimmpop/spacestar-commander

  • Prosper Mind

    Yesterday I came across these cool samples and I used a few in my track “Interstellar” .
    I would like to invite you to listen at this link :

    https://soundcloud.com/prosper_mind/prosper-mind-interstellar

  • Prosper Mind

    Yesterday I came across these cool samples and I used a few in my track “Interstellar” .
    I would like to invite you to listen at this link :

    https://soundcloud.com/prosper_mind/prosper-mind-interstellar

  • t

    this is cool, but music using the sounds of space was done over twenty years ago by B. Lustmord

    http://www.discogs.com/Arecibo-Trans-Plutonian-Transmissions/master/181609

  • t

    this is cool, but music using the sounds of space was done over twenty years ago by B. Lustmord

    http://www.discogs.com/Arecibo-Trans-Plutonian-Transmissions/master/181609

  • Travis Trotter

    these are some great sounds. yeah they are MP3 which sucks but can still be very useful. however everyone here and this website are about twenty years late to the party because the talented B. Lustmord already made an album using the sounds of space. check it out if you can find it. also a band called S.E.T.I. has also done this as well

    http://www.discogs.com/Arecibo-Trans-Plutonian-Transmissions/master/181609

    http://www.discogs.com/SETI-The-Geometry-Of-Night/release/64248

  • Travis Trotter

    these are some great sounds. yeah they are MP3 which sucks but can still be very useful. however everyone here and this website are about twenty years late to the party because the talented B. Lustmord already made an album using the sounds of space. check it out if you can find it. also a band called S.E.T.I. has also done this as well

    http://www.discogs.com/Arecibo-Trans-Plutonian-Transmissions/master/181609

    http://www.discogs.com/SETI-The-Geometry-Of-Night/release/64248

  • Thank you NASA I FREAKINg LOVE YOU!@!

  • Thank you NASA I FREAKINg LOVE YOU!@!

  • Sajida Mohammed

    Hi there, kindly have a glance at the footprints filmworks websites…Footprints Filmworks has exclusive interviews with world leaders, celebs, community leaders and presidents…Footprints Filmworks is created by Omar Abdulla…!!

  • Sajida Mohammed

    Hi there, kindly have a glance at the footprints filmworks websites…Footprints Filmworks has exclusive interviews with world leaders, celebs, community leaders and presidents…Footprints Filmworks is created by Omar Abdulla…!!

  • Linning is winning

    lol the mic is peaked beyond peaked in alot of these recordings what a waste

  • Linning is winning

    lol the mic is peaked beyond peaked in alot of these recordings what a waste

  • Casey Sattler

    I guess I’m the odd man here but…Thank you NASA!

  • Casey Sattler

    I guess I’m the odd man here but…Thank you NASA!

  • Clemente Huggo
  • Clemente Huggo
  • Groove Masta Putz

    I used some NASA samples on the second track (Planetary Orbit) of my album Electronic Poetry actually!

    http://putzpie.bandcamp.com/album/electronic-poetry

  • Groove Masta Putz

    I used some NASA samples on the second track (Planetary Orbit) of my album Electronic Poetry actually!

    http://putzpie.bandcamp.com/album/electronic-poetry

  • Hey gang!!! Thank you for the sound scape… and, more importantly, thank you for all the incredibly detailed and hard work you have done in the last decades in your efforts to explore space and our neighbouring planets etc…..! My band, TUNDRA, recorded a song called LUMBIA… named after the Columbia Space Shuttle…. and here is the link to hear the tune… its on BANDCAMP…… https://tundra2.bandcamp.com/track/lumbia

  • Hey gang!!! Thank you for the sound scape… and, more importantly, thank you for all the incredibly detailed and hard work you have done in the last decades in your efforts to explore space and our neighbouring planets etc…..! My band, TUNDRA, recorded a song called LUMBIA… named after the Columbia Space Shuttle…. and here is the link to hear the tune… its on BANDCAMP…… https://tundra2.bandcamp.com/track/lumbia

  • State of Psychosis

    you can clean up these recordings a lot people using noise reduction software. use a denoiser, highlight an area where there’s a lot of static or white noise, then use the learn feature to make the plugin isolate the static, then use the plugin on the entire audio file to bring it down.. yea you can’t just get back the lost info from an mp3, but you can get rid of all of that noise at least.

  • State of Psychosis

    you can clean up these recordings a lot people using noise reduction software. use a denoiser, highlight an area where there’s a lot of static or white noise, then use the learn feature to make the plugin isolate the static, then use the plugin on the entire audio file to bring it down.. yea you can’t just get back the lost info from an mp3, but you can get rid of all of that noise at least. you can also highlight and cut out unused frequencies and use the spectral repair tool in attenuation mode to completely remove the left over unwanted noise after the denoiser. just don’t over-do it of course and use the attenuation to smooth over any of the lines between where you cut out frequencies and what you’re using 😉

  • Scott Carney

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UerTxriT0mI

    Lots of space sounds mixed throughout. Enjoy!

  • Scott Carney

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UerTxriT0mI

    Lots of space sounds mixed throughout. Enjoy!

  • Alex Caussel

    Daft Punk – Contact !!!

  • Alex Caussel

    Daft Punk – Contact !!!

  • Dylan Blumberg
  • Dylan Blumberg