Can You Hear a Scream in Space? Read On For The Answer

by Rukmani Krishna on Nov 1 2012 11:57 PM

 Can You Hear a Scream in Space? Read On For The Answer
Hoping to disprove the phrase "in space no-one can hear you scream," by playing pre-recorded screams in space are Cambridge University students.
Members of the Spaceflight Society (CUSF) will transmit the screams via a mobile phone on board a satellite, the BBC reported.

A sound file will be sent back to Earth "which may or may not contain the screams in the vacuum of space."

A CUSF spokesman said that they were not expecting much but hoped it might interest more people in space science.

The "scream in space" app is one of four that will be on board STRaND-1, a smartphone nanosatellite built by a team from Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and the University of Surrey Space Centre.

Last year the STRaND team ran a competition to find apps to go into orbit and CUSF's "screaming app" was one of the winners.

The CUSF team is asking people to upload their own screams on video to YouTube, and a selection will be sent into space aboard the satellite later this year.

The aim is to test the phrase made famous by director Ridley Scott's 1979 film 'Alien' - that no-one can hear a scream in space.

"We are not holding our collective breath. There might be some buzzing, but this is more about getting young people interested in satellites and acoustics," student Edward Cunningham, said.

"The principle of using a low-cost consumer device to do something high-tech and new on a shoestring budget is something we really endorse.

"We often use readily available materials in our own projects," he added.