Sputnik 1 was too small to see. But its persistent, unwavering beep...beep...beep...beep...beep...was picked up by ham radio operators and nervous governments across the planet: the beachball-sized Soviet satellite had sparked the beginning of the space age.
On its new Soundcloud page, NASA has collected the recordings of these and other notable moments, a sound archive of some of space history's greatest hits.
Aside from the human drama of the early space race, the page houses recordings notable not necessarily for how they sound, but for what they represent. Take, for instance, this recording, capturing the sound of electromagnetic waves known as “chorus waves”.
Like most of NASA's creations, the sound recordings uploaded to their Soundcloud page are free to do with what you will. Just, maybe, think long and hard before you sample NASA's clips for your next album.