Across the Universe (message)

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Across the Universe is an interstellar radio message (IRM) consisting of the song "Across the Universe" by the Beatles that was transmitted on 4 February 2008, at 00:00 UTC by NASA in the direction of the star Polaris.[1] This transmission was made using a 70-meter dish in the NASA Deep Space Network's (DSN) Madrid Deep Space Communication Complex, located in Robledo, near Madrid, Spain.

This action was done in order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the song's recording, the 45th anniversary of the DSN, and the 50th anniversary of NASA. The idea was hatched by Beatles historian Martin Lewis, who encouraged all Beatles fans to play the track as it was beamed towards the distant star. The event marked the second time a song had ever been intentionally transmitted into deep space (the first being Russia's Teen Age Message in 2001[2]), and was approved by Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, and Apple Records.[3]

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  1. ^ Administrator, NASA Content (2017-06-01). "NASA Beams Beatles' 'Across the Universe' Into Space". NASA. Retrieved 2022-05-27.
  2. ^ Zaitsev, A. L. (3 April 2008). "The first musical interstellar radio message". Journal of Communications Technology and Electronics. 53 (9): 1107–1113. doi:10.1134/S106422690809012X. S2CID 119435654.
  3. ^ "NASA beaming Beatles tune to the stars". NBC News. Retrieved 2022-05-27.