What do astronauts listen to while flying to and from the moon?Al Worden's Apollo 15 Flown Music Cassette Tapes in the original holder. Twelve Scotch C-60 cassettes (#271) with various songs, albums, comedy routines, commercials, and even personal messages from their wives. Each of the twelve tapes is labeled as to musical content and contained in an individual compartment inside a specially made Beta cloth holder with Velcro closure of 8.25" x 4.25" x 2.25". Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot Al Worden has written on the front, "Flown Aboard Apollo 15. July 26 - August 7 1971 Al Worden CMP". Sewn onto the front of the holder is a tag printed with "Tape Cassette Kit" the part number of "SEB33100566-301", the serial number of "1004", and "Mfg. by CSD/MSC 7/70".
First, please keep in mind that this was 1971. Now, let's take a look at some of the music they listened to so far away from home (in no particular order): Sounds of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel; Judy and Who Knows Where the Time Goes by Judy Collins; "Battle of New Orleans"; Excerpts from James Cook's book First Voyage Around the World (seems fitting); "Fly Me to the Moon" (of course); "Come Fly With Me"; Threshold of a Dream and To Our Children's Children's Children by The Moody Blues; "Washington Post March"; "Yellow Submarine"; "Cast Your Fate to the Wind"; "Yesterday"; "My Girl"; "House of the Rising Sun"; "Rock Around the Clock"; "Green Grass of Home"; Jesus Christ Superstar; "My Sweet Lord"; Louis Armstrong; and "For Jim Irwin: Something Special From Your Wife". These have not been tested by us, but all appear to be functional and in excellent condition. Some light soiling on the Beta cloth case doesn't detract. A very eclectic group of songs, the first lunar mixtapes!
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