Aliens to go ga-ga as NASA sends Beatles' track across universe

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London, Feb 2 (UNI) ET and other aliens in space will hum along the Beatles' popular number ''Across the Universe'' as NASA sends it across space next week.

The song, principally penned by John Lennon, will be beamed towards the North Star, 431 light years from Earth at midnight GMT on Monday. It will travel across the universe at the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second, on February 4, which has been declared ''Across The Universe Day'' by Beatles fans to commemorate the anniversaries.

''Amazing! Well done, Nasa!'' said former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney in a message to the space agency. ''Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul.'' As part of the celebration, the public around the world has been invited to participate in the event by simultaneously playing the song at the same time it is transmitted by Nasa, the Daily Telegraph reported.

However, it is not the first time Beatles music has been used by Nasa; in November 2005, McCartney performed the song ''Good Day Sunshine'' during a concert that was transmitted to the International Space Station.

''Here Comes the Sun,'' ''Ticket to Ride'' and ''A Hard Day's Night'' are among other Beatles' songs that have been played to wake astronaut crews in orbit.

The tune of ''Across the Universe' was principally written by fellow Beatle John Lennon, who told Rolling Stone Magazine it was the most poetic lyric he ever wrote. The song first appeared on a charity release in December 1969, and later, in modified form, on their final album, Let It Be.

Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, says: ''I see that this is the beginning of the new age in which we will communicate with billions of planets across the universe.'' UNI XC ARB AS1553

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