The Beatles play for Space Aliens

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Yesterday the folks at NASA completed yet another successful mission. However, unlike their other missions, this did not entail sending an Astronaut on a dangerous spacewalk or launching a space shuttle. Entitled "To boldly go where no music has ever gone before" - this mission was to beam music into deep space for the first time ever.

The final destination for the song is Polaris ("The North Star"). The song chosen for this historic event? - A classic peace song by The Beatles called "Across the Universe".

While NASA has beamed music to manned spacecraft before, this is their first attempt to send music to outer space. The event was organized to celebrate a number of anniversaries that coincidentally (unexpectedly) fall in the same year.They include:

  • Fifty years since NASA was founded
  • Fifty years since the first US Satellite (Explorer 1) was launched into space
  • The song "Across the Universe" was recorded 40 years ago on February 4th

NASA invited people across the globe to celebrate this historic event, by declaring February 4th - "Across the Universe Day", and setting up a special website (http://www.acrosstheuniverseday.com/) where Beatle fans all over the world were asked to play the song at the same time as NASA was transmitting it.

Unfortunately, (or maybe fortunately) we will never know if the "Aliens" liked our choice of music. That's because Polaris is situated 2.5 quadrillion miles away (A quadrillion is one thousand million million! So 2,500,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles away!). The song will take 431 years to reach Polaris -- arriving in the year 2,439 AD.

In case you have no idea who "The Beatles" are - they were a young British rock group comprising of four members - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. The group was extremely popular amongst young people all over the world in the 1960's. They broke up in 1969. Currently only two members of the group, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney are still alive. The songs sung by the Beatles still remain very popular among all age groups even today.

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51 Comments
  • playstationxmas
    OMG This will take soooooooooooooo long!!
    • playstationxmas
      Hey, I know I'm kinda late (1 day late), but I wanted to say this yesterday and didn't have the time (Why can't I get things done on time?!?!?!). One day ago in 1980, John Lennon was shot and killed. It was a tragic event. Though he is no longer around in real life, he will live forever in our hearts ❤💛💚💜. WE MISS YOU JOHN LENNON!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😭
      • marypopcorn
        marypopcorn10 months
        I ❤💛💚💙💜 The Beatles! Hey, everyone, what's your favorite Beatles song, and who's your favorite Beatle? Please reply to this comment!
        • egirl_ebody
          egirl_ebody10 months
          My fav beetle song is "Lucy in the sky with diamonds" and my fav beetle is John Lennon!!!
          • marypopcorn
            marypopcorn10 months
            I love "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"! John Lennon is also my favorite Beatle!
          • marypopcorn
            marypopcorn10 months
            P. S. I don't know what my favorite Beatles song is. My favorite Beatle is John Lennon.
          • cantinabandmemb
            cantinabandmembover 2 years
            This is the best! I tell ya! Y'all know what? I'm gonna meet up with the Beatles one day!!!😀😀
            • paulmccartney
              paulmccartneyover 2 years
              I 💕 the Beatles!!!! One day I would love to have Paul mccartneys autograph on my electric guitar 🎸!!!!!
              • Mattalmost 3 years
                I love The Beatles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If they were not a band I would cry in pain and despair!
                • Marshmallowabout 3 years
                  The Beatles is by far one of my favorite bands. I'm glad they chose that song for the mission! Though none of the band member will still be alive when the song reaches Polaris, their songs will live forever.
                  • Rapperover 3 years
                    Love the Beatles
                    • catzluvdonutzover 3 years
                      i like a hard days night
                      • scottyfottyover 3 years
                        Beatles are the greatest band to have ever lived