NASA records strange sound above Earth, compared to X-Files theme (VIDEO).

NASA Recorded a Weird, Mysterious Sound Just Above Earth (Video)

NASA Recorded a Weird, Mysterious Sound Just Above Earth (Video)

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May 9 2015 7:04 AM

The Truth Is Up There

A NASA-backed project recorded hisses and whistles that sound suspiciously like The X-Files’ theme.

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University of North Carolina Chapel Hill graduate student Daniel Bowman designed infrasound microphones that were flown into near-space on a high-altitude balloon flight conducted by NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium last year. It recorded mysterious hisses and whistles that sound suspiciously like The X-Files’ theme.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.