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NASA – Not Miley Cyrus – Beefing with Beyoncé

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(Courtesy Columbia Records)

(Courtesy Columbia Records)

By Annie Reuter

It turns out that Beyoncé‘s biggest battle today is with NASA, not Miley Cyrus.

Earlier today (Jan. 2), gossip blogs and even outlets such as TIME and HuffPo reported on over-the-top Bey-bashing quotes from Cyrus, supposedly originating from LOVE Magazine.

“I got the total package you know, the curves, the rhythm, and the voice. I’m just the best,” Cyrus was attributed as saying, though there was nothing confirming as much on the LOVE site.

Cyrus has now taken to Twitter to correct said reports: “That quote people MADE UP about Beyonce just made me lol! Imagine if I said I got “the looks and the curves I’m just better!” Bahahahhaha,” she tweeted. “How are people allowed to make up sh** & then out quotes around it saying I said that shit! WTF!!?!” she questioned.

Miley continued: “Don’t worry. getting 2 the bottom of this sh**. making the liar retract the statement. U can cause ALOT of drama but NOT between me & B!

beyonce and miley NASA   Not Miley Cyrus   Beefing with Beyoncé(Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

While Miley and Bey’s fabricated beef is what keeps the rumor mill churning, NASA’s tiff with Yoncé is very much real. She angered many NASA employees and families of those who lost loved ones from the Challenger space shuttle when she sampled the audio from the day the Challenger exploded, in new song ‘XO.’ Today, NASA responded to Beyoncé’s use of the audio, saying it “should never be trivialized.”

“The Challenger accident is an important part of our history; a tragic reminder that space exploration is risky and should never be trivialized,” NASA said in a statement. “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.”

Last week, many current and former NASA employees, astronauts and Challenger family members spoke out about her use of the Challenger clip. The widow of Challenger space shuttle commander Dick Scobee spoke to ABC News, saying hearing the clip in the song is “emotionally difficult.”

“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,” June Scobee Rodgers said. “We have always chosen to focus not on how our loved ones were lost, but rather on how they lived and how their legacy lives on today.”

In the song’s opening clip, the audio from now-retired NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt is heard. “Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction,” he said as the broadcast of the Challenger exploding was seen on television.

All seven of the crew members aboard the Challenger were killed during liftoff on Jan. 28, 1986.

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