NASA statement and Beyonce’s Challenger audio sample

According to an official statement made by NASA, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster “should never be trivialized”, this statement was made in response to a new song from Beyoncé new selfie album that features an audio sample recorded just after the craft exploded on takeoff in 1986, killing all seven crew members on the shuttle.

The statement was issued by the agency later on Thursday, after the American artist started receiving criticism from Challenger families and others for including the short sample that includes the words “major malfunction” as an allusion to a failed relationship in a song.

Lauren B. Worley, NASA’s press secretary said in a statement that “The Challenger accident is an important part of our history. It is like a tragic reminder that space exploration is risky and should never be trivialized,” he also added that “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.”

Beyoncé, the American singer-songwriter and actress giving clarifications about the sample that she used in her song stated that “My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster,” she also added that “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 new self-titled “visual album” earlier this month that included 14 songs and 17 videos.