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NASA launches sound bite gallery for ringtones, alarms

September 22, 2011 |  3:51 pm


Next time a text message pops up on your phone, have Neil Armstrong tell you about it.

The Eagle has landed.”

NASA recently made historic sound bites available on its website to be downloaded to cellphones or computers as ringtones, alarms and notifications.

The sound files run the gamut from the familiar "Houston, we've had a problem" on the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission to the other-worldly radio emissions of the planet Saturn.

"NASA has been making historic sounds for over 50 years," Jerry Colen, NASA App project manager at the agency's Ames Research Center, said in statement. "Now we're making some of these memorable sounds easy to find and use."

The NASA sounds are available in MP3 format, which play on smartphones and computers. The space agency also made them available on the iPhone-compatible M4R files. NASA said they will continuously update the collection as new sounds become available.

To listen to and download the sound gallery, go here.


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Photo: Astronaut Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 mission commander, at the Lunar Module "Eagle" during the first moon landing mission. Credit: NASA