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.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
"Amazing! Well done, NASA! Send my love to the aliens." That was Sir Paul McCartney's remarks when being told that NASA will be beaming the classic Beatles song Across The Universe into space this coming Monday. Boy, I sure hope those aliens will fall in love with the song like I did when I first listened to it many years ago. From NASA:
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