While Beyonce‘s surprise self-titled album release has stunned critics and fans, not everyone’s cool with “Beyonce.” NASA has recently spoken out against a six-second audio sample of a transmission from the day of the 1986 Challenger explosion, which was apparently used without permission.
Nearly 28 years ago, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded a little more than a minute into its flight, killing all seven crew members on board. Now, June Scobee Rodgers, widow of the ship’s commander Dick Scobee, tells ABC News she’s disappointed that the clip was included in the song, which was written by producers Ryan Tedder and The Dream.
“We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song ‘XO,'” she says. “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 didn’t exactly apologize in a statement to ABC, but she did express that the sample is meant to honor the crew that died. “My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster,” she says. “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.”