HOUSTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. space officials said The Beatles song "Across the Universe" will be blasted directly into deep space next week.
The tune will be beamed over NASA's Deep Space Network at 7 p.m. EST on Feb. 4. to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the day The Beatles recorded the song, as well as the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the agency said in a release.
The transmission is being aimed at the North Star, Polaris, 431 light years away from Earth. The song will travel across the universe at a speed of 186,000 miles per second.
"Amazing! Well done, NASA!" former Beatle Paul McCartney said in a message to the space agency. "Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul."
John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, said she sees the song's transmission as a significant event. "I see that this is the beginning of the new age in which we will communicate with billions of planets across the universe," Ono said in a statement.