Frontier Music 2: Apollo X Mix Tape
On May 18, 1969, Tom Stafford, John Young and Gene Cernan lifted out from Pad 39B of the Kennedy Space Center launch complex. Their next stop was the Moon. Their mission was the final “dress rehearsal” for the Saturn V, the Apollo spacecraft and the lunar module at the Moon prior to landing. The trip to lunar orbit would take three days of coasting in deep space.
Although the crew remained busy during the translunar coast phase of their mission, there were down times between chores. The crew had a special piece of home in the form of popular music of the time recorded onto a cassette tape by a friend to occupy them during such lulls in the flight.
The cassette tape was recorded by Al Bishop, who was an employee of Boeing at the time. Al hooked a cassette tape player to his stereo and recorded several of the more popular musical artists of the day. Artists like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and The Kingston Trio were included on the tape. Mr. Bishop used songs like “Fly Me to the Moon”, “Going Back to Houston” and “Moonlight Serenade” to provide a theme befitting a flight to the Moon. Gene had pretty good taste for the popular music of the time.
via Lunar Collections