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Music enthusiasts who have immortalized rock band Queen’s Brian May for his goosebump-inducing guitar solo in Bohemian Rhapsody are in for a treat. To celebrate a forthcoming milestone to be set by NASA’s ‘New Horizons’ spacecraft, the lead guitarist of the legendary rock band has released his first solo song since 1998.
May, who is also an astrophysicist, has debuted the aptly-titled New Horizons (Ultima Thule Mix) single to honor NASA’s mission to fly by and photograph the farthest world ever explored via ‘New Horizons’. The spacecraft’s goal was accomplished on New Year’s Day.
The space rock, coined ‘Ultima Thule’, orbits the sun one billion miles past Pluto in the Kuiper Belt, a massive circumstellar disc in outer space.
“This mission is about human curiosity,” May described. “The need of mankind to explore and see what makes the universe tick. My song is an anthem to human endeavor.”
The track, which is graced by May’s voice, fuses his two loves, astronomy and music.
May admitted to Forbes that writing a song about ‘Ultima Thule’ was a challenge, even for a music icon decades deep in the industry.
“How do you write a song with this title? In the beginning I thought, okay, I’ll try it, but this isn’t going to happen,” he remembered.
He also hasn’t ruled out the possibility of the space theme being turned into an entire album. “Yeah, I’m already thinking maybe there’s an album there,” he said.
“A lot of people have been saying to me, ‘Why don’t you make another solo album… [that is] a space-themed, Brian May album?’ So it might happen, who knows? It just might.”
[via Forbes, video via Queen, images via various sources]