They do not do more like this. The occasional astrophysicist and guitarist for Queen Brian May, gave us a song in honor of NASA's successful mission to fly to Ultima Tule. It is a pure space rock opera that deserves a place in nerve cannons along with the queen's soundtrack for Flash Gordon.
While the New Year arrived here on Earth, the NASA team began receiving the first data from the spacecraft New Horizons, confirming it had reached a mysterious object on the outer edge of our Solar System. Ultima Thule is an object in the Kuiper ice sheet. Frozen in time, the facility can allow NASA to collect data that it hopes can give us further insights into the history and the formation of our solar system. May, who received his doctor of astrophysics in 2007, cast his signature red ax and set the perfect anthem on top to mark this occasion.
Dr Mai works with the New Horizon mission team and told The New York Times that he does not want to put the hat of a rock star when a colleague first asked for a new song for the mission. He said he thought it would be difficult because he could not "think about something that rhythms with Ultima Thule". In the end we got a video with some perfectly vulgar 3D graphics, singing guitar harmonies and texts like:
Nobody has ever seen new horizons.
Uncertain wonders in the endless sky.
We can never ever reach them.
That's why we have to try!
Yes. It's so serious throughout the whole song, and that's just the right kind of optimism to welcome the new year. Yes, the late Freddie Mercury could really sell these verses, but Michael will do a wonderful job on his own.
We have much more data to download from New Horizons over the coming months at a painfully slow rate of one kilobytars per second. But when high definitions begin to come around February, we once again tap the song of the mother and we will say: "The future is enchanted and we continue to fly!"[YouTube via Engadget]