Let it Beam

Rumour has it that the rather dreary song Across the Universe by little-known Merseyside band, The Beatles is about to become the first tune in history broadcast into space.

Most of us only get to inflict our poor music taste on friends and family. It seems that NASA’s Dr Barry Geldzahler is about to go one better.

And now ET is going to suffer too.

NASA’s Deep Space Network is set to transmit the dreary ‘Across the Universe’, Dr Geldzahler’s fave Beatles tune, 431 light years away.

It is an attempt to find life on other planets. It is more likely to drive aliens away.

Yes, on the 40th anniversary of the day it was recorded, Across the Universe will fan out at lightspeed, taking centuries to reach its target, the North Star.

NASA is asking aging hippies everywhere to play the song at the same time. Boffins will then push the transmit button at 2pm on Monday, and hope that this mass rendition might reach intelligent lugholes.

It’s a scary thought, though, that our broadcasts are beaming out willy-nilly on a regular basis. This NASA job is a deliberate and concerted effort. Meanwhile the ramblings of terrestrial transmissions daily float off harmlessly into the aether.

It perhaps explains why intelligent aliens have deemed it unwise to contact planet Earth in the first place.



6 comments


    Sue Burnett

    February 2, 2008

    Could have been worse – could have been ‘Mull of Kintyre’.

    lesley

    February 2, 2008

    Star Trekkin’ would have been a much better choice

    Andrew

    February 2, 2008

    Just think in what’ll happen if in a few years the inhabitents of tau ceti wipe out the of population earth, cos the only thing worth saving was our vera from corrie.

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    February 2, 2008

    lesley >> Star Trekkin’ would have been a hilarious choice

    We have been sending signals in to space since the inception of the transmitter. Unfortunately if anyone is listening because of the distance waves would need to travel they probably still think we are fighting world war two.

    Ed

    February 2, 2008

    Something tells me your not a fan of the Beatles….

    Jeff Brake

    February 2, 2008

    Not a fan indeed. But if NASA are looking for a more unified, universal theme perhaps they would consider using ‘Come Together’…

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