That’s what happened to Yang Liwei, China’s first man in space, on his maiden flight in 2003.
In a recent interview, he has now recalled hearing “someone knocking the body of the spaceship just as knocking an iron bucket with a wooden hammer”. It neither came from outside nor inside the spaceship.
Naturally, he got a bit nervous and had a peek out the porthole but failed to spot any explanation for the eerie knock.
He’s not been able to figure out what it was, neither up in space nor after returning to earth. He has even tried but failed to recreate the sound so that experts could help him identify it.
What or who was knocking on Mr Yang’s spacecraft as he was all alone miles from the safety of the earth?
Mr Yang’s days as a spaceman are long in the past but according to Chinese media, the sound has also been heard by subsequent Chinese astronauts on missions 2005 and 2008.
In fact, the veteran told his successors about it so they wouldn’t be caught off guard and worry about it like he did. So albeit unexplained, he now puts it down as a “normal phenomenon”.
The truth is, it’s not all that unusual to hear sound in space, and it’s also not unusual to not find a conclusive explanation for that sound….
In 1969 the crew of an Apollo mission to the moon were so startled when they encountered strange music-like noises coming through their headsets, they didn’t know whether or not to report it to NASA.
Obviously, NASA gave an excuse for it and all that. And obviously humanity bought it because men are way too pretentious to believe that we are the only specie in the universe.
But one day bitches…