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    For the first time ever, NASA will beam a song -- The Beatles' "Across the Universe" -- directly into deep space at 7 p.m. EST on Feb. 4.


    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. 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.

    It is not the first time Beatles music has been used by NASA; in November 2005, McCartney performed the song "Good Day Sunshine" during a concert that was transmitted to the International Space Station. "Here Comes the Sun," "Ticket to Ride" and "A Hard Day's Night" are among other Beatles' songs that have been played to wake astronaut crews in orbit.

    Feb. 4 has been declared "Across The Universe Day" by Beatles fans to commemorate the anniversaries. As part of the celebration, the public around the world has been invited to participate in the event by simultaneously playing the song at the same time it is transmitted by NASA. Many of the senior NASA scientists and engineers involved in the effort are among the group's biggest fans.

    "I've been a Beatles fan for 45 years – as long as the Deep Space Network has been around," said Dr. Barry Geldzahler, the network's program executive at NASA Headquarters, Washington. "What a joy, especially considering that 'Across the Universe' is my personal favorite Beatles song."

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    No...it will be "Send More Chuck Berry!".

    (I can't wait to see who, if anyone gets that.)
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    I saw this on the news this morning. Very cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loveevhsince79 View Post
    I saw this on the news this morning. Very cool.
    Yeah, I saw it yesterday when I posted it in the Beatles thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    No...it will be "Send More Chuck Berry!".

    (I can't wait to see who, if anyone gets that.)
    I remember!

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    Steve Martin's skit on SNL.
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    Ummm.... can we send the whole band Coldplay into space after this?
    Nothing to see here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onefootoutthedoor View Post
    Steve Martin's skit on SNL.
    The darnedest thing is that I simply can not picture it. All I can think of is Martin as he was dressed in the "Jeopardy 1999" skit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timmac View Post
    Ummm.... can we send the whole band Coldplay into space after this?
    Haha, lmfao!

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    Quote Originally Posted by onefootoutthedoor View Post
    Steve Martin's skit on SNL.
    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    The darnedest thing is that I simply can not picture it. All I can think of is Martin as he was dressed in the "Jeopardy 1999" skit.
    Was it a Steve Martin skit? I thought it was a "Weekend Update" story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    Was it a Steve Martin skit? I thought it was a "Weekend Update" story.
    Now I'm totally confused, as I can picture some smart-ass on "Weekend Update" announcing it as well.

    I just checked Wickpedia, and it says Steve Martin...yet who knows who writes that stuff...their memory could be as fogged by drug use at that time as mine.
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    Just wait until the aliens find out there's a 16 year old kid playing in Van Halen....yeah...remember Independence Day.....just think about that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    Now I'm totally confused, as I can picture some smart-ass on "Weekend Update" announcing it as well.

    I just checked Wickpedia, and it says Steve Martin...yet who knows who writes that stuff...their memory could be as fogged by drug use at that time as mine.
    My memory's not always the best either as my head has struck numerous solid objects during the course of my life, but I recall it being a story about a satellite we sent into space that was loaded with all kinds of media and we were pleased to reveal the first transmission that we got back from the aliens: "Send more Chuck Berry"

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    My memory's not always the best either as my head has struck numerous solid objects during the course of my life, but I recall it being a story about a satellite we sent into space that was loaded with all kinds of media and we were pleased to reveal the first transmission that we got back from the aliens: "Send more Chuck Berry"
    Yeah...and it's not like I'm immune to serious concussions that have seriously altered my thinking...yet, I agree.

    Just don't know when and where...
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    Quote Originally Posted by timmac View Post
    Ummm.... can we send the whole band Coldplay into space after this?


    And if there's room, throw in that Miley kid.
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