Science Tackling the Question Can You Hear a Scream in Outer Space?

Sending recordings of human screams on smart phones to space


Cambridge Univ. students will be loading human screams onto a smartphone that will be blasted into outer space later this year. The public is invited to submit their screams, which will be emitted while in orbit at the same time as the phone records — to test if it's possible to capture the sound of screaming in space.

It was Ridley Scott's film Alien that gave us the now legendary tagline: In space no one can hear you scream. Now, a Cambridge student society will use the technology in your pocket to find out if this is really the case.