And in other news, 2016’s hottest ghost-like story comes from a Chinese astronaut, who reported hearing a strange sound in space.
Earth may be the birthplace of ghosts, specters, and other things that go bump in the night, but it would seem that even space has its own gothic allure. During a press interview, Yang Liwei, a scientist and the first Chinese astronaut in space, recalled hearing a strange sound in his space module.
During his 2003 space mission, Liwei told the reporters that, on many occasions, he heard a distinct knocking sound on the ship’s hull. Liwei’s recollection of the events that transpired on his spacecraft are even more terrifying as the knock he heard is a scientific impossibility since the interstellar space is vacuum, which means that a sound wave cannot travel.
In addition, the Chinese astronaut said that the strange knocking sound occurred at irregular intervals, and it didn’t seem to be coming from inside the ship nor from the outside. As strange as it would may seem, according to the former inhabitant of the space module, the unnerving sound seemed to have originated from the ship’s walls.
On many occasions, Liwei tried to identify the sound’s source, but to no avail. In addition, the scientific gear on board was not able to identify the sound. When asked by the reporter to describe the strange sound, Liwei said that it was almost like someone hit an iron bucket with a wooden hammer.
The scientists working at the ground control center were as puzzled as Liwei was since none of them could offer a plausible explanation as to the nature of the strange sound. However, the scientist argued that space is not that all that silent and that it has its own sounds.
Many astronauts reported hearing sharp, whistling like sound coming from nowhere. Another explanation that may partially account for the Chinese astronaut’s eerie experience tells about the bulkhead contracting as a result of the differential between external and internal pressure.
Although Liwei has not returned to space after finishing his space tour, he strived to come up with an explanation. Unfortunately, it would seem that the strange noise remains shrouded in mystery, and maybe space might be noisier than most of us would care to admit.
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