NASA officials say that the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger accident “should never be trivialized” and that Beyonce's new song "XO" does exactly that.
The star's track features an audio sample recorded just after the historic and tragic event, and the space agency isn't pleased, according to a statement.
A statement from Lauren B. Worley, NASA’s press secretary, reads:
"The Challenger accident is an important part of our history; a tragic reminder that space exploration is risky and should never be trivialized."
"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."
She has been criticized by the deceased's families and fans for the sample, which includes the words “major malfunction” as an allusion to a failed relationship.
The star said “heart goes out to families of those lost in the Challenger disaster” and that she had the “sincerest intention” to help those who lost loved ones.
Here's the controversial music video in question ...
Beyonce's Challenger audio sample: