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Queen guitarist dedicates song to Gagarin

world Updated: Apr 12, 2011 10:46 IST

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A guitarist from British rock group Queen is recording a new song dedicated to Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who became the first human to fly into space 50 years ago.

Brian May, who also has a doctorate degree in astrophysics, is recording the song with German electronic music group Tangerine Dream.

The song will debut at the Starmus science and music festival on the Spanish island of Tenerife to be held between June 20 and 25.

They will also record a second song dedicated to cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, who was the first man to carry out a space walk.

Both songs will be based on "cosmic" sounds, a festival spokesman said.

The festival, which is being held to celebrate the Gagarin anniversary, is expected to be attended by the first woman cosmonaut, Valentina Tereshkova, and NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who was part of the first manned lunar mission.