JPL Beams “Across The Universe” Across The Universe


Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the recording of the Beatles song “Across The Universe.” To celebrate the song along with the 50th anniversary of NASA’s founding, NASA will beam the song directly in deep space today at 4PM Pacific Time. The actual command to start the transmission will originate from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. This is the first time ever NASA has beamed a song directly into deep space.

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.

So tonight, if you can’t get that song out of your head, now you know why.

3 thoughts on “JPL Beams “Across The Universe” Across The Universe”

  1. E.T. must pay!

    Case in point. When Voyager II was sent up in the late 70’s Carl Sagan was in charge of creating the contents for two data discs to be put on board the spacecraft for any aliens it might encounter. The discs, called Murmurs of Earth, were full of music, sounds, pictures. But when Sagan tried to include the Beatles song, “Here Come’s the Sun” EMI wouldn’t allow Sagan to use it because of “rights’ issues.” No joke.

    Illegal alien pirating is a serious matter, people of Earth!

  2. every single radio and TV transmission is beamed into outer space. why is this so damn special? enough with the beatles already, too!

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