Family members, friends and NASA officials gathered at Kennedy
Space Center on Friday to commemorate the seven Columbia astronauts
on the fifth anniversary of their deaths. On February 1, 2003 --
after a 16-day mission -- the shuttle Columbia broke up high over
Texas while descending to land at Kennedy.
For the first time ever, NASA will beam a song -- The Beatles
"Across the Universe" -- directly into deep space at 1900 EST on
Monday, February 4. The transmission over NASA's Deep Space Network
will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the day The Beatles
recorded the song, as well as the 50th anniversary of NASA's
founding and the group's beginnings.