The Beatles are going into outer space.
Well, sort of.
On the 4th of February, NASA and the Beatles will celebrate their anniversaries together by beaming Fab Four song "Across the Universe" into deep space.
It’s been forty years since the Beatles first recorded "Across the Universe" and it’s also 50th anniversary of NASA’s founding and the group’s beginnings.
As if two anniversaries weren’t enough, NASA is using the song to celebrate two more anniversaries : 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.
And we think it’s bad when someone’s birthday is the same day as Christmas . . .
February 4th has been dubbed Across the Universe Day by Beatles fans to commemorate the anniversaries.
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.
"Across the Universe" was primarily written by the late John Lennon but that doesn’t mean Former Fab Four member, Sir Paul McCartney, wasn’t please by the idea. In a message to NASA Paul wrote,
"Amazing ! Well done, NASA ! Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul."
John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, was a bit more serious about the whole thing,
"I see that this is the beginning of the new age in which we will communicate with billions of planets across the universe"
Songs by the ever so popular Liverpuddlian lads have been used by the space agency before. 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.
Nasa invites everyone around the world to join them in celebrations by playing Across the Universe at the same moment it’s beamed into deep space.
Hit the button on your stereo at 7.00pm EST. So that’s 2.00pm to us. . . I think.