Has anyone ever told you to scream? No, not to shut up when you scream, but to actually do it? In today’s busy world, many of us want to yell because of the stress in our lives. But while screaming at someone on the phone may be rude, screaming to get our voices loaded onto a smartphone app could possibly have a purpose.
Cambridge University students have decided to put to test the famous phrase from the Ridley Scott’s film Alien: In Space no one can hear you scream. They will be doing this by loading human screams onto a smartphone that will be sent to outer space at the end of the year. Everyone is encouraged to submit their screams, which are going to be emitted in orbit. The phone will be recording at the same time to test the possibility of capturing the screaming sound in space.
For this rather unusual experiment, Cambridge University Spaceflight will be using a special smartphone app into which videos of many screaming people will be uploaded. The app, housed on a Google Android phone is going to be shot into space. When in orbit, the smartphone will play the recorded sounds at full volume and record audio at the same time.
Edward Cunningham, one of the Cambridge University Spaceflight members, points out that while there is no high expectation for hearing a sound other than buzzing, the real purpose of the experiment is to encourage young people to consider science and engineering as a future career.
Could we hear our own voices shouting at us from outer space? And do we know them well enough to be able to recognize them in a crowd? We will live to see.