LATEST: Former BEATLE Sir Paul McCartney has become the first musician to have a live song blared into space.

GOOD DAY SUNSHINE was used as an alarm call on the international space station early today (13NOV05). The Beatles song was broadcast to the two crew members, who are currently stationned 220 miles (354 kilometres) above Earth, from a concert in California.

It was accompanied by one of McCartney's solo tracks, ENGLISH TEA.

The NASA link-up, which screened the astronauts enjoying drink for a squeeze pouch during the performance, prompted a massive cheer from McCartney fans at the California gig.

An excited McCartney said, "I can't believe that we're actually transmitting to space! This is sensational. I love it."

And US spaceman Bill Mcarthur was grateful for the live wake-up call. He said, "That was simply magnificent.

"We consider you (McCartney) an explorer just as we are."