What on Earth is That #8?

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What on Earth is That?

After going on hiatus for a few months, What on Earth is That is back! We’re don’t plan to post a new question every week, but we will when we have something interesting. Here’s the latest mystery sound. Know what it is? Hint: It has something to do with NASA and Earth science.

(Post your guesses in the comments section, and check back next week for the answer….)

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16 thoughts on “What on Earth is That #8?

  1. Brian Colarusso Post author

    The “White Room” being pulled back from the launch vehicle

  2. not spaced out Post author

    is it the sound of particles hitting against the shuttle in space?

  3. Hunter Hoover-Watson Post author

    Is it the sound of the tanks? Maybe from gas warming or cooling – being filled?

    Just a guess!


    Sewalls Point

  4. Hunter Hoover-Watson Post author

    Is it the sound of gas expand or contract in tanks or tanks being filled with Oxygen or Hydrogen? The 5 Nitrogen tanks?

  5. Harry Kodder Post author

    Some astronaut in the bathroom… no really, i think that is something turning like a washmachine

  6. Martin United Kingdon Post author

    i think its the sound of debris hitting / falling away from inside of of a shuttle solid rocket booster.

  7. Ryan Munkwitz Post author

    Is that the enhanced sound of incoming space dust impacting the NASA shuttle during liftoff through the layers of Earth’s atmosphere!?

  8. Ana M Sánchez Post author

    ¿Piedritas golpeando metal?, ¿granizo?, dobleces de una plancha de metal?.

  9. Sharon Post author

    A few things come to mind: It sounds like something traveling through a metal cylinder. It could be something traveling the the cylinder making it expand and contract causing the loud noises.
    I really thought it sounded like a clothes dryer with some unauthorized object inside, but that is not very Earth-scientific-y.

  10. guest Post author

    Astronauts walking around in the space station.
    Or File drawers opening and closing.

  11. Sharon Farmer Post author

    This is the sound coming from a solid rocket as it falls back to the earth. I heard a very similar sound from the SRB intertank camera from one of the previous flights. I guess the clanging noise is ice hitting the tank.

  12. guest Post author

    it’s some kind of signal, perhaps that used to perform geological studies of the earth.

  13. carol Post author

    The sound is an icebreaker ship (maybe the Coast Guard Healy) breaking thick ice in the ocean (probably Arctic).

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