Queen's Brian May reflects on the first moon landing 50 years ago

Queen guitarist Brian May is featured in the June-July issue of AARP the Magazine in an article celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

May, who is an astrophysicist, says, "I turned 22 on July 19th and was down in Cornwall, England at the house of Roger Taylor’s – our drummer’s mum. We were still amateur musicians in those days, trying to get people to pay us 20 pounds a gig. That night, we watched this tiny little screen on the Taylors’ TV and were all clustered around. What I remember the most was that my dad was wrong. He was a pretty talented electronics engineer during and after World War 2, and three years before Apollo 11, he said, 'Oh, we’ll never get to the moon in our lifetime. It’s technically too difficult.' So to see this incredible event happening on television -- something that Dad said was impossible -- it somehow made it all the more inspiring. 

"The year after the moon landing, I began the long course of study for my Ph.D. in astrophysics at Imperial College. Through everything that happened with Queen, my interest in 'what’s out there' never faded."

May, whose latest book of stereo photos, Mission Moon 3D, examines the Apollo moon landings,will host a special for BBC Radio 2 on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20th.

May, along with Taylor and Adam Lambert, start rehearsals for their summer tour next week in London, followed by production rehearsals the week after in Los Angeles. The tour starts on July 10th in Vancouver.

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