The BEATLES’ peace anthem ACROSS THE UNIVERSE has been selected as the first song to be beamed into deep space.
The tune will celebrate it’s 40th anniversary with a blast-off on Monday (04Feb08).
Experts at US space agency NASA will aim the sonic blast to go further than any orbiting spacecraft. It will reach Polaris (The North Star) in 431 years.
To commemorate the event, NASA bosses have declared 4 February (08) Across The Universe Day, and they are asking the world’s Beatles fans to celebrate the historic moment by playing the song at the same time across the globe.
The Deep Space Network antenna will beam Across The Universe into outer space at 7pm (U.S. Eastern Standard Time) on Monday.
Sir Paul McCartney is delighted with the news, stating, “Amazing! Well done NASA! Send my love to the aliens.”
And John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono adds, “I see that this is the beginning of the new age in which we will communicate with billions of planets across the universe.”
Though this will be the first time that music has ever been beamed into Deep Space, NASA has a long history of transmitting Beatles songs to spacecraft as wake-up music for their astronauts.
Here Comes The Sun, Ticket To Ride and A Hard Day’s Night are among the Fab Four’s songs that have been astronaut favorites over the years.
And McCartney became the first person to ever perform live music that was relayed into space – he gave a concert that was beamed to the International Space Station in November 2005.