NASA have criticised Beyonce for including an audio clip from the 1986 Challenger shuttle accident in her new song XO. The accident saw seven crew members killed in space.

A statement was released by NASA about the song saying, "The Challenger accident is an important part of our history; a tragic reminder that space exploration is risky and should never be trivialised.

"NASA works every day to honour the legacy of our fallen astronauts as we carry out our mission to reach for new heights and explore the universe."

June Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Dick Scobee, the commander of the Challenger mission, also said, "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."

Beyonce has since defended her inclusion of the clip saying that it was included, "in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten".