Friday, 1 February 2008

"Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul"

NASA and The Beatles are celebrating anniversaries by beaming the song Across The Universe into deep space at 7pm EST on Feb 4th.

The transmission over NASA's Deep Space Network will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the day The Beatles recorded the song, as well as the 50th anniversary of NASA's founding and the group's beginnings. Two other anniversaries also are being honored: The launch 50 years ago this week of Explorer 1, the first U.S. satellite, and the founding 45 years ago of the Deep Space Network, an international network of antennas that supports missions to explore the universe.

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. Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney expressed excitement that the tune, which was principally written by fellow Beatle John Lennon, was being beamed into the cosmos.

"Amazing! Well done, NASA!" McCartney said in a message to the space agency. "Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul."

Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, characterized the song's transmission as a significant event.

"I see that this is the beginning of the new age in which we will communicate with billions of planets across the universe," she said.

It is not the first time Beatles music has been used by NASA; in November 2005, McCartney performed the song "Good Day Sunshine" during a concert that was transmitted to the International Space Station. "Here Comes the Sun," "Ticket to Ride" and "A Hard Day's Night" are among other Beatles' songs that have been played to wake astronaut crews in orbit.

If you want to participate in the intergalactic love-fest, NASA is inviting Citizens of Earth to play the song at the same time as its dispatch into the cosmos at 7pm EST (midnight GMT) next Monday.

Can you believe we were landing men on the moon in 1969? Amazing.

Just in case you have forgotten what the Across The Universe sounds like, here it is.

Source: NASA


Cookiemouse said...

Interesting thought that not only do the aliens get a free English lesson from John but also a little bit of Sanskrit. Namaste!

Cookiemouse said...

Love the redesign by the way. It made me jump with surprise when it loaded up though!

chalky said...

Jai guru deva om!

ha ha! Thanks :-) Took me a while but I got there in the end.

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