Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Beatles in Space.

February 4th was a big day in terms of Anniversaries.

It was the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 

Also, 50 years ago this week, The United States' first satellite, Explorer 1 was sent into orbit.

45 years ago, an international network of antennas were put together, marking the establishment of the Deep Space Network.  A network designed to help support missions to explore the universe.

And, 40 years ago, the Beatles recorded a song written by John Lennon named "Across the Universe".

To celebrate the anniversary of all these things, NASA has exchanged their standard Morse code message into space with "Across the Universe" by the Beatles.  The transmission is being directed towards the North Star and is traveling 186,000 miles a second.

How cool is that?

Check out the press release from NASA back in January.

Fiona Apple does a beautiful remake of "Across the Universe" for the movie Pleasantville.