NASA Slams Beyoncé’s Use of Challenger Audio

Singer’s new song “XO” includes the recorded words “major malfunction” taken from the 1986 space shuttle disaster

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Singer Beyonce poses for photographs at "The Sound of Change" concert at Twickenham Stadium in London June 1, 2013.

A new song by Beyoncé that features a recording of the aftermath of the Challenger disaster has drawn ire from NASA.

The U.S. space agency issued a statement late Tuesday to complain that the tragedy “should never be trivialized.” The singer’s new song “XO,” from her latest self-titled album, includes the recorded words “major malfunction” used in reference to a failed relationship.

Seven crew members died on Jan. 28, 1986, when the doomed space shuttle broke apart 73 seconds after its launch.