NASA and The Beatles Celebrate Anniversaries by Beaming Song ‘Across The Universe’ Into Deep Space

The enduring impact of the Beatles on popular culture is not in doubt. The music created by the four lads from Liverpool in the 1960s has proved to be timeless. It has transcended all boundaries of age, race, nationality. It has even been beamed to astronauts aboard the International Space Station!

But until now there has not been a dedicated day of the year on which Beatles fans worldwide could unite to express their love for the Fab Four.

That all changes on Monday, February 4th 2008 with the first-ever international day dedicated to celebrating the Beatles.

Reflecting the breadth of the Beatles’ appeal and impact – and their message of universal love and peace – the celebration is named Across The Universe Day!

Monday, February 4th 2008 is the exact 40th anniversary of the Beatles recording their anthem of universal peace – “Across The Universe” – in 1968.

To mark the occasion, Beatles fans worldwide are invited to play that Beatles song at the same time of day – creating a harmonic convergence around the globe.

And the Beatles’ universal message will NOT be restricted to Planet Earth!

The US Space Agency NASA will play a major part in the celebrations by beaming the song “Across The Universe” literally Across The Universe!

NASA is going to transmit the Beatles tune from a satellite antenna directly into outer space! And it will do this at the exact same time as fans Across The World are playing “Across The Universe”!

Here’s what we’ve read.

NASA and The Beatles Celebrate Anniversaries by Beaming Song ‘Across The Universe’ Into Deep Space WASHINGTON — For the first time ever, NASA will beam a song — The Beatles’ “Across the Universe” — directly into deep space at 7 p.m. EST on Feb. 4.

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.

Feb. 4 has been declared “Across The Universe Day” by Beatles fans to commemorate the anniversaries. As part of the celebration, the public around the world has been invited to participate in the event by simultaneously playing the song at the same time it is transmitted by NASA. Many of the senior NASA scientists and engineers involved in the effort are among the group’s biggest fans.

“I’ve been a Beatles fan for 45 years – as long as the Deep Space Network has been around,” said Dr. Barry Geldzahler, the network’s program executive at NASA Headquarters, Washington. “What a joy, especially considering that ‘Across the Universe’ is my personal favorite Beatles song.”

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., operates the Deep Space Network. For information about the Deep Space Network, go to: http://deepspace.jpl.nasa.gov/dsn/index.html

Source: NASA

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11 Responses

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    A friend sent me this last month: International Beatles-Freak Day, January 14, 2008 http://www.i-bfd.com

    – Beatle Ned

  2. sorry… that note was in response to something in the article:

    “But until now there has not been a dedicated day of the year on which Beatles fans worldwide could unite to express their love for the Fab Four.

    That all changes on Monday, February 4th 2008 with the first-ever international day dedicated to celebrating the Beatles.”

  3. But what I want to know is if it’s the Spector version, or Lennon’s original version with Yoko?

  4. who cares, it’s a worthless song. john was a horrible singer.

  5. I think it’s a great idea, glad the beatles still inspire today. It is such a beautiful peacefull song.

  6. i’m sorry. i do love that song.

  7. Jai Guru Deva Om! The version used was…drumroll please…The version that is on Past Masters Vol.II. That was the first one ever released to the public. While it was on a benefit album (for The World Wildlife Fund- Spike Milligan of The Goons supposedly gathered up Beatle support and that particular track) it was oddly never released as a singe. You think having it out as a single would have really helped the benefit album’s sales. My personal fave version is the one on :Let It Be…Naked”. The other two versions, there are four altogether, are on “Let It Be”, and “Anthology II”. They are all amzing in their own ways. This is as fave a Beatle or Lennon track as I have. Blessings of Love & Light To All Creation.! Jai Guru Deva Om!

  8. Wouldn’t it be better to send Martha My Dear?

  9. joey your wife keeps calling my cell, make her stop. i already paid her the 35.00 for her pssy,.

  10. I learnt about this news in a TV news. Do aliens really love earth-ians?

  11. […] 13, 2008 by stonegrogan Moved by NASA’s beamed version of Across the Universe, an alien from a distant galaxy will visit Earth to meet the singer.  Upon finding out that John […]

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