To celebrate the turning point in the 13-year history of NASA's New Horizons research, Queen guitarist Brian May has released a new song called for it. You can watch the video for "New Horizons" below.
The song, his first solo release since 1998 Another worlddebuted it on NASA's television channel a few minutes after midnight eastern time. It was written along with Don Black and featured a snapshot Stephen HawkingMay, who also worked on the New Horizons project as an astrophysicist, was in hand at Johns Hopkins' Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD, and the song was sent to the drum.
Half an hour after the song was released, the New Horizons passed Ultima Thule, an object in the Kuiper Belt outside the Neptune orbit of 4.1 billion kilometers from the Earth, believed to contain information about the birth of the Solar System. It is the farthest vehicle ever traveled, and pictures are expected later today.
"For me this is amazing news," May He said from the lab. "This is going further than where someone came literally."
"For me," he said previously, "It embodies the constant desire of the human spirit to understand the universe we live in. Everyone who has devoted so much energy to this mission since its launch in January 2006 will feel that they are actually in that small but fearless vehicle – just about the size of a grand piano – how to attract another spectacular close encounter. "