Beyonce criticized for using Challenger disaster audio clip in 'XO' song: Astronaut reacts

Local astronaut reacts

ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. - He once stood on the moon and now he is speaking out from his Royal Palm Beach home about a controversial song from music star Beyonce.

The singer is using six seconds of audio from the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster for her new single "XO."

"Flight controllers we're looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction," says a NASA officer just seconds after the space shuttle exploded, killing all seven crew members.

The audio clip is used to start the music video and some now believe the audio clip is too much.

"Perhaps insensitive but we have a lot of insensitive people around," said Dr. Edgar Mitchell, a NASA Astronaut aboard Apollo 14.

Dr. Mitchell said using the audio might not have been the best idea. But he said it does not personally offend him.

"It's such a small snippet of what's going on, I could really care less. It doesn't seem to hardly seem to make a difference what so ever," said Dr. Mitchell.

Who it does make a difference to are the family members of those who were on board the Challenger.

"We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song 'XO.' The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues and friends," wrote June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Commander Dick Scobee.

Dr. Mitchell said while he was not close with the Challenger crew, he like so many Americans cared for the seven lost.

"Maybe it would have been a little more sensitive had she not used this. But it's such  a small little snippet, it may just tweak the memory about a very sad event," said Dr. Mitchell

The agent for Beyonce was not available for comment.

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