Queen Guitarist Brian May and the New Horizons Mission

If you’re (a) a fan of Queen; and/or (b) a space nerd, you know that Queen guitarist Brian May is a bona fide astrophysicist with a PhD from Imperial College earned with a paper called A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud. In 2006, he co-authored Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe followed by “The Cosmic Tourist” in 2012.  He even has an asteroid named after him: 52665 Brianmay.

It’s become almost de rigeur to invite Brian around to mission control anytime there’s a significant development with space exploration. That he be the guest of the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt was a no-brainer.

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Brian May and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden discuss the New Horizons mission in Washington DC.

Here’s more from the NASA press conference.

Thanks to Peter for the links. More pictures from the mission here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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