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NASA can help your phone ring with history

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Letting your phone ring with the sound of a space shuttle blasting off means that you’ll probably never miss another call.

By Mitch Traphagen

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has created a new website containing the sounds of NASA in format for both computer and cell phone sounds.

Downloading the free ringtones could allow your phone to “ring” with the sound of Neil Armstrong’s historic words as he made the first steps on the moon. Or, an error on your computer could be set up to sound the words of Apollo 13 astronaut John Swigert in saying, “Houston, we have a problem.”

For those interested in things less subtle, there is the sound of an actual shuttle launch, along with the sounds of the last historic launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis and, for the more esoterically minded, sound wave conversions of the light curve waves created by stars and discovered by NASA’s Kepler mission, along with other sounds of the planets and stars.

The sounds are available in a format usable by most computers, iPhones and Android smart phones. Download the sounds of history by visiting www.nasa.gov/connect/sounds.

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