01/02/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
US space agency NASA is set to beam The Beatles' song Across the Universe into deep space early in February. The bad news is that most aliens prefer Moby.
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.
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 Paul McCartney expressed excitement that the tune, which was principally written by fellow Beatle John Lennon, was being beamed into the cosmos.
McCartney told SFcrowsnest.com, "Amazing! Well done, NASA! Send my love to the aliens."
Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, added, "I see that this is the beginning of the new age in which we will communicate with billions of planets across the universe."
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.
"I've been a Beatles fan for 45 years – as long as the Deep Space Network has been around," added Dr. Barry Geldzahler at NASA Headquarters. "What a joy, especially considering that Across the Universe is my personal favorite Beatles song."
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