Brian May to Premiere New Solo Single "New Horizons" from NASA Headquarters
Queen’s Brian May is gearing up for the release of his first entirely new solo work since his 1998 album Another World. His new single “New Horizons,” which he co-wrote with Don Black, will have its worldwide premiere from NASA headquarters in Maryland on New Year’s Day 2019.
May, who has a doctorate in astrophysics, wrote “New Horizons” in tribute to the NASA New Horizons mission, which on New Years Day 2019, “will achieve the most distant spacecraft flyby in history, in an encounter with a remote Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) named Ultima Thule, far out beyond Pluto on the edges of the solar system.”
In a statement, May said “This project has energized 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, 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. 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 epitomizes the human spirit’s unceasing desire to understand the Universe we inhabit. 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 - only about the size of a grand piano - as it pulls off another spectacular close encounter. And through the vehicle’s ‘eyes’ we will begin to learn, for the very first time, what a Kuiper Belt Object is made of. And pick up precious clues about how our solar system was born.”
Listen to a teaser below: