It’s called chaos hand the rare person who advanced astro deep space exploration. This is especially true if that person most legendary rock bands played the lead role of lead guitar for one. But people rarely exist, and Brian May and that Dr. Brian May is you-is one of them. May is best known as the Quartet, the queen whose story was told in the recently released biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and as a composer of several of Queen hits, including “We Will Rock You”. As shown in the film, however, can Astrophysics has been developed at Imperial College in London before traveling around music. A short 33 years later he returned to class and completed his doctoral thesis. In this capacity he served on the responsible NASA team of New Horizons, the ship that in 2015 explored Pluto and then, this just behind New Year’s Eve, bowling pin-shaped object flying from Ultima Thule, a 22-mile length of four billion miles away from Earth than any object a human spacecraft has ever explored. Mays formal part of the analysis of mission data includes stereoscopic images. Being part of a less formal, but equally compelling to compose a song in question, promptly called New Horizons that captures the excitement and distant exploration recall. was having with the fly-by spacecraft successfully completed, said the May time on his parallel careers in different fields. TIME: Today is a busy day for you; It’s not often that a spaceship to send 4000000000 miles. How did you hook up with the New Horizons team in the first place? Brian May: I was introduced to come [Project Scientist] Alan [Star] through friends somewhere at the beginning of 2015. He invited me and will be present on the flyby of Pluto. So I could be there and fill the first two images, to make the first stereo Portrait of Pluto from nearby. It ‘was a great thrill for me. Then she called to her six months, and said: “There is a possibility that you can make music for the new flyby” And I said, a bit ‘very nervous, “Okay, let me think.” There are many things that Ultima Thule rhyme. But I went away and thought about it. And what he did to me was struck by the sight of the human mind was like the whole project inspired adventure. So that’s exactly what, wrote the song as a tribute to the New Horizons team. TIME: What was it that you found in the first astrophysics, and what brought you back? It was just the beginning of the Queen, when I was about to finish my dissertation and I had to make this decision: May. And my choice was made on the assumption that I was not very good at physics and I could very well be about music. The thesis that I had worked, was in the zodiacal dust clouds of dust in the solar system. When I started, it was a hot topic, but it expired 30 years Art. What is happening to me, thankfully, but the man of the dust clouds began around other suns, to be discovered in other solar systems. And suddenly my subject was again very much in demand. I started talking about astronomy are still people who said, “why do not you?” I have everything, and everything in the average wait for a year. And they put me in a small office in Imperial College and I have to make it down. TIME: How to be a gang of four to a team of more than 100, mainly as a kind of a newcomer like to go? Can I get to hang out with real astronomers, that’s great, but I still have this kind of what you call them cheaters syndrome. I’m in this plenary session, with all people of New Horizons, these teams meet and keep thinking to myself: “Should I really be here? I’m really make money with these guys are?” The music helps. Now I have a reason why I can keep my head, and I had a role. TIME: And the music and physics are not so far away, right? There is an internal order, a mathematical for both of us? May you know more and more I find they are very close. And almost all the people that I’m sitting here in Maryland, the top-level astronomers and navigators and engineers, they all have a similar kind of interest in music. And many of them are musicians. You go back to 1851 shows Prince Albert, The Crystal Palace, Kensington Gardens, we know that the exhibition of the works of man he was. They see no difference between art and science. Someone here has just told me that when he sees his students the setting for scientists to music in them because they are the best observers. TIME: Your legacy would have on the music, and will now include the science. How do you think the two will be weighed in time? May: I think we will rock you will be on my tombstone, which is probably inevitable. Or who wants to live forever? I do not know. Music is my center and I think the music is what gave me the gift of the rest. If I do not sort of been able to interact as a musician at the highest level, I would have never met artists of the caliber of people like Alan Stern. These people are the culmination of their game and they talk to me because they know me because of the music. TIME: The two Voyager probes carry a selection of earthly music together with them, including Bach, Mozart and Chuck Berry. If you could contain a song that is not one of you and another song, that’s what it is? May: I guess it would send, then John Lennon’s Imagine. And my stuff, I would have sent the new song, New Horizons. In fact it exuded 4 billion miles away, which made me very proud. And ‘likely that it was sent from distant planet that music consciously.
Science > Queen guitarist (and astrophysicists) Brian May on his work with NASA and his new song about Ultima Thule