Brian May

Brian May


Brian May, an astrophysicist who collaborated with the team behind New Horizons, the first spacecraft to explore Pluto, is better known as the lead guitarist of a rock band "Queen".


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As lead guitarist for the legendary rock group Queen, Brian May has spent an entire career in the spotlight. But May traded the music for his other passion – science – and spent some time backstage with the New Horizons team as it dived into the first results from the Pluto flyby.

May, who has a doctorate in astrophysics, was awed by the opportunity to meet the team and sift through images and other Pluto system data in real-time. And he’ll have other opportunities down the road, as mission principal investigator Alan Stern added May as a New Horizons science collaborator.


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