NASA Lets You Eavesdrop On Apollo 11's Private Conversations

NASA is continuing its information dump for the 40th anniversary of the moon landing; now they have put on the `net digital recordings of some of the private in-capsule conversations of the Apollo 11 astronauts.

"You're in a spacecraft, on a mission to land on the moon for the first time in history, and the microphone to Earth is off," NASA's release says. "What do you say? Now you can listen in on a NASA Web site and find out."

Transcripts, which have been available previously, enable you to follow along when the audio is weak or Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin talk over each other. You can also sense the exuberance as they re-unite after Armstrong and Aldrin lift off from the moon.

And then there's this:

Collins: Oh boy you could spend a lifetime just geologizing that one crater alone, you know that?

Armstrong: You could.

Collins: That's not how I'd like to spend my lifetime, but -- picture that. Beautiful!

Aldrin: There's a big mother over here, too.

Collins: Come on, now, Buzz, don't refer to them as big mothers, give them some scientific name.

Aldrin: It sure likes a lot of them have slumped down.

Collins: A slumping big mother. The bigger they are, the more they slump -- that's a truism, isn't it?

Aldrin: That is, the older they get.

Or, when they notice "little flourescent things" out the window on the way to the moon:

Collins: Poor old [landing module] is contaminated; it's got urine particles all over it and the way the light's shining there, they look yellow. You know, those little -- I guess it probably is a little solid now -- everything else has boiled off and it's a little solid.

Armstrong: Huh?

Aldrin: Solid urine particles are --

Armstrong: I guess.

Aldrin: Wait until the forward contamination people hear about that.

Armstrong: Yes.

Aldrin: No more urine dumps on the way to the moon. Put it in a nice little bag.

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