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The Beatles' big break in space

Posted at 5:15 PM on February 4, 2008 by Larissa Anderson (1 Comments)

Somebody shut off the lights. Light the candles. We've got some birthdays to celebrate.

"Across the Universe" by the Beatles is 40.

NASA turns 50.

Plus, 50 years ago this week Explorer 1, the first U.S. satellite, launched,

and 45 years ago marks the beginning of Deep Space Network, an international network of antennas that supports missions to explore the universe.

Forget about singing Happy Birthday en masse and out of key.

NASA's got something else planned to mark the occasion ... like shuttling "Across the Universe" to infinity and beyond!

Will anyone hear it? It's hard to know for sure. But, it's certainly not the first time NASA sent music into space.

Comments (1)

So, I've just got to comment on my own post. This just crossed the AP wire:

"Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Indian guru who taught transcendental meditation to the Beatles and
millions of others, has died, a spokesman says."

There must be planets aligning when the Beatles' "Across the Universe" transcends the Earth and then one day later, their transcendental meditation guru does so as well. Maybe it's kind of like a June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash kind of thing?

Posted by Larissa Anderson | February 5, 2008 5:23 PM

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