It’s been quite the year for the remaining members of Queen. The band’s biopic has hit theaters and broken records left right and center. Now we have news that Queen’s guitarist Brian May has launched his first solo single since 1998’s “Why Don’t We Try Again”, the new track is called “New Horizons.”
The title of the song is named after the New Horizon space probe, and check this out, it premiered on NASA TV on New Years Day, to coincide with the probe passing Ultima Thule in the Kuiper Belt, an object located a billion miles beyond Pluto, and the most distant rock ever to be visited by the human race. Wow…
May said of the new song: “I was inspired by the idea that this is the furthest that the Hand Of Man has ever reached,” adding: “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.”
He also pointed out that the project “ epitomizes the human spirit’s unceasing desire to understand the universe we inhabit.” Going further he explained: “Everyone who has devoted so much energy to this mission since its launch in January 2006 will be feeling they are actually inside that small but intrepid vehicle as it pulls off another spectacular close encounter.”
May is also a science collaborator on the project and was in the control room when the probe flew past Pluto four years ago. He said: “It was quite mind-blowing, because all through my childhood Pluto was just a white dot in a picture book,” adding: “Nobody knew anything more than that about it really. Then suddenly you have this wonderful spacecraft zooming past it and taking the most incredible close-up pictures.”
Since its launch, pictures of Ultima Thule have already reached scientists on Earth, and we are told that a much clearer picture will develop once the data reaches the New Horizons team during the next few days and weeks.
Check out “New Horizons” below: