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.