If you’ve heard Beyonce‘s new album, “Beyonce“, then you’ve heard an excerpt of NASA’s Challenger crash on the song “XO“.
“XO” opens with NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt announcing that there is a major malfunction with the Challenger. The NASA Challenger Space Shuttle exploding within 72 seconds of takeoff in 1986. The tragedy resulted in the death of seven crew members.”
NASA released a statement today saying they do not approve of how the singer used the audio.
“We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song ‘XO.’ The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues and friends. We have always chosen to focus not on how our loved ones were lost, but rather on how they lived and how their legacy lives on today.”
Beyonce has since released her own statement, saying that her heart was in the right place when she decided to use the audio clip.
“My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster. The song ‘XO’ was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones and to remind us that unexpected things happen, so love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you. The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten.”
Check out the Visual for “XO” below