From the “wow that was cool department,” NASA transmitted The Beatles song Across the Universe into deep space earlier this month. It was aimed at the North Star, Polaris–located over 430 light years from Earth–and will travel at 186,000 miles per second through the cosmos. It was transmitted on February 4th commemorating the 40th anniversary of the song’s recording as well as the 50th anniversary of NASA’s founding and the group’s beginning. It was the first time NASA ever beamed a song into space. Both Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s widow, were pleased.
The Hubble telescope has revealed so many mysteries of the Universe by looking back in time. It’s exciting to imagine that another life form may hear Lennon and McCartney. What will they think? I’m sure many NASA scientists grew up in the sixties, as did I, and are likely huge fans of The Beatles. They are probably wondering the same thing
A classic example of art, society, media and technology in a cosmic convergence. How Expedient is that?