November 10, 2005

Paul McCartney to beam concert into space

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Beatle Paul McCartney is to
broadcast live into space from a U.S. concert to two astronauts
circling the globe.

He will play "Good Day Sunshine" and one of his latest
songs, "English Tea," to NASA astronaut Bill McArthur and
Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev who are on an international
space station 220 miles above the earth.

McCartney, who will be singing into space Saturday from
Anaheim, California via NASA television, got the idea when he
discovered that the crew of the spaceship Discovery were
treated to a burst of "Good Day Sunshine" in August as a
wake-up call from Mission Control.

"I was extremely proud to find out that one of my songs was
played for the crew of Discovery this summer. In our concert we
hope to repay the favor," he said in a statement.