Filipino singer-songwriter Reese Lansangan’s “A song about Space” is featured on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) #LaunchAmerica Campaign video to introduce a new era of spaceflight.
NASA’s #LaunchAmerica Campaign aims to launch astronauts for the first time since the end of the United States Space Shuttle Program in 2011, according to NASA Kennedy Space Center’s tweet on May 19, 2020.
“When a song you wrote about space & exploration 7 years ago makes it to @NASA… I am OVER the moon (pun intended) and I don’t think I’ll ever get over it 🤯🛰🌗🪐☄️ Here’s to endless discovery 🍷 (& the hope that my music makes it to the ISS too!),” Lansangan wrote.
On her Instagram, Lansangan shared her surprise when she received a direct message from NASA.
“NASA sliding into my DMs, now there’s something I never thought I’d see! They said they loved my super old and embarrassing “A Song About Space” video from my channel and asked if they could possibly use it for a promo vid,” the Filipino musician wrote.
“Nothing was set in stone so after I got over the immediate shock of the NASA DM, I just silently hoped for the best. Then I got an email back with the video link, and in my pride I took all the screencaps!”
Lansangan also shared that she thought of taking her 2013-released composition down because she always gets teased about it.
“Little did I know, it would be the video that NASA would notice and end up watching… it just blows my mind!⠀🤯🤯🤯”
“I guess there’s a lesson in there somewhere – to honor yourself always – your lovable, bewildering, sometimes even embarrassing self! So from the bottom of NENE REESE’s heart – a sincere thank you to the universe for this tiny, tiny victory.”
NASA reported on its website that this new era of human spaceflight will kick off when NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley lift-off from SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft from Florida on May 27 for an extended stay at the space station.
Filipinos have been working with NASA, including Engineer Josephine Santiago-Bond who heads the Advanced Engineering Development Branch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
Project AEDES, a dengue case predictor mapping system developed by a multi-university Philippine team, won in the NASA Space Apps Challenge global hackathon.
The Philippines’ launching of its first microsatellites Diwata 1 and 2 into space 2016 and 2018 were followed by the establishment of the UP ULyS3ES and the Philippine Space Agency.
WATCH the video here and SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Reese Lansangan for having her Song About Space featured in NASA’s #LaunchAmerica video!
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