Floating in Heaven: Rock’s tribute to new Webb images

floating in paradise

Freshly published! The Space Telescope Science Institute posted this new video clip on its YouTube yesterday afternoon (July 12, 2022). The song is called floating in paradiseand its producers – 10cc founder Graham Gouldman and featuring astrophysicist and lead guitarist and Queen co-founder Brian May – call it:

…a soundtrack for the first color images from the James Webb Space Telescope…it commemorates July 12, 2022, the historic unveiling of the first Webb images.

The song accompanies a video from the Webb Telescope that explores the wonders of “cosmic cliffs” in the Carina Nebula, Stephan’s Quintet, the South Ring Nebula, and Webb’s first Deep Field, SMACS 0723.

Brian May performing in 2017, via Wikimedia Commons.
Older man playing electric guitar and singing.
Graham Gouldman performing in 2021, via Wikimedia Commons.


“Floating in Paradise”
Performed by Graham Gouldman and Brian May
Written by Graham Gouldman

Graham Gouldman: Lead and backing vocals; bass guitar; acoustic guitars, slide guitar; battery programming; Gizmotron

Brian May: guitars, backing vocals

Graeme Pleeth: Hammond organ; piano; synth

Produced by Graham Gouldman, Graeme Pleeth and Brian May
Engineered and mixed by Graeme Pleeth and Justin Shirley-Smith
Additional engineering by Kris Fredriksson
Mastered by Bob Ludwig

Video credits: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), European Space Agency (ESA), Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and the team Webb Early Release Observations (ERO) production.

The ERO production team is made up of: Claire Blome, Hannah Braun, Matthew Brown, Margaret Carruthers, Dan Coe, Joseph DePasquale, Nestor Espinoza, Macarena Garcia Marin, Karl Gordon, Alaina Henry, Leah Hustak, Andi James, Ann Jenkins, Anton Koekemoer, Stephanie LaMassa, David Law, Alexandra Lockwood, Amaya Moro-Martin, Susan Mullally, Alyssa Pagan, Dani Player, Klaus Pontoppidan, Charles Proffitt, Christine Pulliam, Leah Ramsay, Swara Ravindranath, Neill Reid, Massimo Robberto, Elena Sabbi, Leonardo Ubeda.

The EROs were also made possible through the fundamental efforts and support of JWST Instruments, STScI Planning and Programming, Data Management Teams, and the Office of Public Outreach.

Bottom line: Floating in Heaven – a new music video featuring Brian May – commemorates the July 12, 2022, unveiling of the first images of Webb.

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