Brian May has just shared his intentions to release his first solo track in over two decades. ‘New Horizons’ is scheduled for release on New Year’s Day from NASA’s Control Centre.
This is the first solo single release from the Queen guitarist since ‘Why Don’t We Try Again’ from 1998’s ‘Another World’. Now, the music legend will drop the 45 to honour the NASA New Horizons mission – which will achieve the most distant spacecraft flyby in history on New Year’s Day. The American space agency’s New Horizons probe remains on course for its daring flyby of Ultima Thule.
According to the BBC, when the mission sweeps past the 30km wide object on New Year’s Day, it will be making the most distant ever visit to a Solar System body. That works out at some 6.5 billion km from Earth.
May’s track also features words from the late Stephen Hawking. Speaking via the NME, May expressed his enthusiasm for the project,
“This project has energised me in a new way. 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…asked if I could come up with a theme for Ultima Thule which could be played as the NH probe reached this new destination.”
“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 spacecraft will beam back to Earth. To me, it epitomises the human spirit’s unceasing desire to understand the Universe we inhabit.”
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