Monday, February 4, 2008
The Beatles in Outer Space
Have you heard about this new NASA "project" to transmit a Beatles song into space?
According to the Associated Press, NASA is going to transmit the Beatles song "Across The Universe," composed by Paul McCartney & John Lennon, from its giant antenna in Madrid, Spain. NASA downloaded an MP3 of the song, the original version of which is just under 4 minutes long, and will transmit it digitally to Polaris, otherwise known as the North Star.
If some being from Polaris wanted to hear the song, it would need an antenna & a receiver to convert the transmission back to music, much like people receive satellite television. AND, Polaris would have to wait 431 YEARS before they actually receive the transmission, because Polaris is 2.5 QUADRILLION miles away.
The launching of the music into outer space celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the song, the 45th Anniversary of NASA's Deep Space Network, and the 50th Anniversary of NASA.
This idea was hatched by a Beatles historian, and after being approved by Sir Paul, Yoko Ono, and the companies who own the rights to the Beatles' music, which includes Apple, well, it's going to happen today, February 4th at 7 p.m. EST.
Reportedly, Apple happily gave its permission because it was "always looking for new markets."
ON POLARIS?!?! Come on!!
Hey, if NASA was a willing participant in all this, maybe they can send Vilma Santos' cover of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" into outer space! Maybe to Betelgeuse or Aldebaran or some other star of note?
P.S. Don't you just love Ringo's hair?