A song on Beyoncé's latest album has upset families of the victims of the 1986 Challenger shuttle disaster.
Christa (Corrigan) McAuliffe, a Marian High and Framingham State graduate, died in the shuttle disaster. A charter school and a library branch is named in her honor in Framingham.
The love song XO opens with a six-second audio sample that originally was broadcast in the immediate aftermath of the Jan. 28, 1986 explosion.
"Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction," now-retired NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt said back in 1986.
Beyonce, in an exclusive statement to ABC News this morning, said, "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.
"The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten."
Former and current NASA astronauts, employees and Challenger family members argue that using it in a pop song mocks the crew's sacrifice and opens fresh wounds.
Former NASA employee Keith Cowing expressed dismay. He told Rolling Stone: "This choice of historic and solemn audio is inappropriate in the extreme," he said. "The choice is little different than taking Walter Cronkite's words to viewers announcing the death of President Kennedy or 911 calls from the World Trade Center attack and using them for shock value in a pop tune."
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