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McCartney to beam concert to astronauts

Ground control to Major Paul: Ex-Beatle to serenade space station crew
/ Source: 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 on 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.