Beyonce New song 'XO' Controversy Update: Singer Issues Apology for Using Audio from Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster; NASA Responds

By Zulekha Pitts | January 02, 2014 10:34 PM EST


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After Beyonce issued an apology for using audio from the "Challenger" space shuttle disaster for her new song "XO," NASA released a response.

"The Challenger accident is an important part of our history; a tragic reminder that space exploration is risky and should never be trivialized,” said the statement from Lauren B. Worley, NASA’s press secretary. “NASA works every day to honor the legacy of our fallen astronauts as we carry out our mission to reach for new heights and explore the universe."

Monday morning, Beyonce made an exclusive statement to ABC in regard to the controversy surrounding the music video for her new song.

The singer suggested that the song "XO" is paying homage to those who were lost in the Challenger.

“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," explained Bey. "The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten.”

On January 28, 1986 the Challenger exploded at the Kennedy Space Center 73 seconds after liftoff. Seven astronauts aboard were killed.

"Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction," said NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt while America helplessly witnessed the destroyed shuttle tumble into the ocean on live TV.

Now, 27 years later, the voice of a retired Nesbitt can be heard in the introduction of the video for Beyonce's "XO," a song merely about a bad relationship written and produced by Ryan Tedder and Terius Nash aka "The Dream."

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