Queen Founder Brian May Releases NASA Inspired Track on New Year’s Day

Queen guitarist Brian May rang in the New Year with new music.

May–who has a doctorate in astrophysics–released the single, “New Horizons (Ultima Thule Mix),” in honor of the ongoing mission of NASA’s New Horizons space probe. The track dropped at the same time as the NYE ball just after midnight ET at the New Horizons Mission Operations Center in Laurel, Maryland, The release was timed to coincide with the probe’s flyby of Ultima Thule (pr: ULL-teh-muh THOO-lee), an object in the Kuiper (pr: like Viper) Belt in the outer reaches of our solar system.

“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,” says May. “To me, [the New Horizons mission] epitomizes the human spirit’s unceasing desire to understand the Universe we inhabit.”

The clip also includes a cameo audio message from the late Stephen Hawking.

Watch the animated video below: