NASA sends the Beatles across the Universe

February 4th will mark the first time NASA beams a song directly into deep space. Quite appropriately, the song in question is The Beatles' "Across the Universe". The transmission, which will be sent at 7 p.m. EST, 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. 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. February 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.

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! 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."

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If they got time to waste tax payer's money on this then they got money to fund research for aids or cancer. At this point in time space exploration is a huge waste. Hell we cant even get along with one another when it comes to race and religions, just what do they expect to do if we actually contact other life out there.

This old argument again? Do you know what the budget is for NASA compared to other things, it's miniscule. Besides that I do not consider it a waste at all, in fact I think they are badly underfunded. Oh and that money they spend on it goes into the economy, it provides a lot of jobs and we get a lot of knowledge and nifty new inventions in return. It's not like they are sending the money out into space. If you want to talk about misuse of tax payer money there are plenty of other places you can start looking.

As for this particular story, you make it sound like beaming a radio signal into space costs a ton of money.

(Skyfrog said @ #15.1)
As for this particular story, you make it sound like beaming a radio signal into space costs a ton of money.

If you account for building the machinery, using it for 10 years non-stop and having to maintain it for those years and including all power and LIAA (changed record to something else) costs then yes it probably would actually :P

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

Yeah you really are as batty as you seem to be! She really expects someone to reply anytime soon?

Lets all share songs with faceless recipients across great distances, that'll catch on.......wait!

I can see a RIAA worker having cold sweets right now thinking of all the extra paperwork they'll have to do.....wonder how much it would cost to send a subpoena to the north star?

And the film, "Across The Universe" just happens to be coming out on DVD and BD next week. There's even a banner ad at the top of this page. Hmmm... :suspicious:

what if the song (vibrations as it may be) is fatal to their species and the few that survive will trace it to earth and will incinerate it ... moreover since it is a digital signal RIAA will actually sue 6 billioin people which with the aid of some crazy XM radio antena or whatever got the signal and made a 500kbps rip and put it on kazaa therefore resurecting new p2p sft and comunity.

And we still have yet to see Beatles on iTunes

also

RIAA Sues North Star for Copyright Infringement in latest P2P Lawsuit


as Technically the North Star Downloaded the Beatles Song from NASA

(nekrosoft13 said @ #2)
What if some hostile alien races hears that horrible song, and decides to invade us.

If they killed the RIAA / MPAA, I really wouldn't care ;D

I hope they paid the proper license fees because this doesn't sound like fair use, more of a public performance. NASA watch out RIAA gonna get you

(Xsabin said @ #1)
I hope they paid the proper license fees because this doesn't sound like fair use, more of a public performance. NASA watch out RIAA gonna get you

LOL as soon as ai saw the article i thought of this... you just beat me to posting it

Yeah, just let them mess with the one organization who really can shoot their greedy corporate asses into outer space.

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