First of all, let me explain that I am totally blind, and audio is my primary source of information. Through soundscapes, I can hear how big or small a room is, and make pictorial and spatial images about the room based on its ambiance. I have recorded myself embarking and disembarking a few planes, and I'm sure there are many recordings posted on the web where people have gone and recorded their flights. My question is, why are there so few recordings of space capsules and space shuttles taken within the inside of the vehicle, and not outside? I have but found one in which you can hear what it sounds like when the engines ignite, when the SRB's are jettisoned, when a checklist is torn away from the velcro due to excessive G, and when the external tank is blown away. Why, there are some audio recordings in which a microphone was placed inside the SRB, so you can hear the hollow sound of the metal as the wind passes through it. However, I haven't been able to find any recordings of what it sounds like when the space shuttle or capsule re-enters the atmosphere, and more importantly, what it sounds like when it hits the ground and rolls down the runway for shuttles, or when the hatch is opened for capsules. Here's a few YouTube videos I found.In this next video, you can hear the humming of some circulation fans, and then you hear a rumbling sound. From the way things are moving inside, it sounds as though the space is that of a minivan cabin. This was uploaded by ESA. If you listen through the video, there are about four seconds of actual audio in which the microphone was jerked around a bit, or when the parachutes opened. These last six videos a friend of mine found, relating to STS 134. You can hear when the shuttle docks to the space station because it makes a rumbling sound, like this.
Rum bum bum, rum rum bum bum.