Queen guitarist Brian May takes flight in his song "New Horizons" (Ultima Thule Mix). Listen above on YouTube.
The song is named after NASA's space probe New Horizons, which recently reached Ultima Thule — the farthest object in space that any human spacecraft has visited. The engaging music video shows the actual craft lifting off and digital representations of its path since it was launched 12 years ago.
May's "New Horizons" is a soaring work of progressive rock with a strong beat and hypnotic production fueled by his signature guitar style. Stephen Hawking, who passed away in April of 2014, provides the opening monologue of "The revelations of New Horizons may help us to understand better how our solar system was formed."
Having studied physica and mathematics in school and receiving a PhD in astrophysics in 2007, May has a personal connection with the project. He actually joined NASA as a collaborator in 2015, and shared his influence of writing the song with NPR:
You know, this is exploration — almost Victorian-style if you like. It's just there, so we have to know about it. So the song became about that, you know, the indomitable spirit of man to explore the universe around him.
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