Google Nexus fired into space to see if screams are audible

Explorers in Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" weren't afraid to take off their helmets and howl.

(Credit: Kerry Brown)

One of the all-time best sci-fi film taglines is to be put to the test. Is it true that “in space no one can hear you scream”?

You could survive exposure to the hard vacuum of space for several seconds, long enough to attempt a yell or yodel. After that, however, bad things will happen.

But thanks to some British boffins at the University of Surrey’s Surrey Space Centre and Surrey Satellite Technology, humanity doesn’t need to test the “Alien” tagline firsthand. They’ve launched a satellite into orbit equipped with a screaming smartphone.

Billed as the first of its kind, the Strand-1 nanosatellite was launched from India today and will test how well a Google Nexus fares in space.

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