Martin Lewis, a Los Angeles-based former producer of Beatles DVDs who came up with the idea, it would be fun trying to collect the royalties."We don't know if there's life out there, but I'd like to think the US government wouldn't be spending taxpayers' money on this if there was no hope," he said.
This is the first time any music has been transmitted deep into the cosmos. Nasa will encrypt the song and beam it into space from its Madrid transmitter on Monday at the start of a 2.5 quadrillion-mile trip to Polaris, where it will finally arrive in the year 2439.
Hmm I can see the timeline unfurling....
- 4 February 2008. Song encoded and beamed towards Polaris
- 3 February 2439, song arrives at Zarquon 2 in the Polaris system. And is downloaded on to planetary P2P system N’yahpz’tah.
- 4 February 2349 RIAA battle fleet execute 34 teenage Zarquonians for copyright infringement and threaten planetary destruction if there are further infractions.