Yesterday NASA’s New Horizons made history in the outer reaches of our solar system. If you watched NASA’s livestream yesterday you would have seen Queen’s Brian May at NASA HQ celebrating right there with them. You would have also heard his first single in 20 years— ‘New Horizons’ a tribute to…you guessed it, New Horizons.
Brian May, who has a PHD in astrophysics, described how the song came to be:
For me it’s been an exciting challenge to bring two sides of my life together – Astronomy and Music. It was Alan Stern, the Project Instigator of this amazing NASA Mission, who threw down the glove last May. He asked if I could come up with a theme for Ultima Thule which could be played as the NH probe reached this new destination.Brian May
I was inspired by the idea that this is the furthest that the Hand of Man has ever reached – it will be by far the most distant object we have ever seen at close quarters, through the images which the space craft will beam back to Earth. To me it epitomises the human spirit’s unceasing desire to understand the Universe we inhabit.
It’s a pretty cool track too, with futuristic soundscapes and trademark guitar. The middle 8 of the song is very ‘Queen’, and although I might have preferred the whole song in that vein I think he captured the space vibe well.
So here it is, Brian May’s New Horizons. A worthy tribute to ongoing exploration and discovery: