For the first time ever, NASA will beam a song–“Across the Universe”–directly into deep space at 7 p.m. EST on February 4, 2008.
The transmission, to be made over NASA’s Deep space Network, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s founding. (The transmission will also commemorate the 40th anniversary of the day The Beatles recorded the song).
The transmission is being aimed at the North Star, Polaris, which is located 431 light years away from Earth. The song will travel across the universe at a speed of 186,000 miles per second. Founding Beatle Sir Paul McCarney expressed excitement that the tune (which was principally written by fellow Beatle John Lennon) was being beamed into the cosmos.
“Amazing! Well done, NASA!” Sir Paul said in a message to the space agency. “Send my love to the aliens!”….*
(Renee’s aside: “Aliens! Oh No!”)
“Oh Yes!”, said ONO
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*special thanks: NASA’s Official Website