Initiate: Grace Potter Mission

Image Credit: NASA/ Lauren Harnett

Image Credit: NASA/ Lauren Harnett

September 17, 2016 – NASA Johnson Space Center and recording star Grace Potter have collaborated on a new space-themed music video to be released Monday, September 19. The video, which was shot at Johnson, features Potter performing her song, “Look What We’ve Become” and highlights NASA women engineers, scientists and astronauts in their workplace.

According to Potter, the song has an empowerment theme with a message that you can do anything you set your mind to, no matter who tells you otherwise.

“So much of this song is about when you are coming up through any part of your life and you face challenges, there are so many different ways that that can affect you and change the course of your life,” Potter said. “I think that it creates a strength within you if you do make the choice to push onward and say, ‘I know that this might be more difficult than another path. That’s why I want to do it.”

That’s a sentiment many can agree with.

NASA’s goal with this video is to inspire young women everywhere to plot a course for a career in science, technology, engineering and math, and then stay on that trajectory, no matter the challenges, and become a part of something historic.

Using scenes of Potter performing as the thread between several stories, the video recognizes the power of women at NASA–past, present and future–and the important role of each in human spaceflight. The video also spotlights the Orion mockup, the space station mock-ups used for engineering evaluations and astronaut training, the NASA’s rover-like concept vehicle that could be used for in-space missions and surface exploration, the Mission Control Center, and many other laboratories and facililties at Johnson. And, yes, Potter even finds time for a little fun with Robonaut, NASA’s humanoid robot, at the end the video.

NASA is working hard to send humans to an asteroid by the mid-2020s and Mars in the 2030s. The powerful new Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft will travel into deep space, building on our decades of robotic Mars exploration, lessons learned on the International Space Station and groundbreaking new technologies. The agency will need the expertise and ingenuity of the next generation of space explorers and dreamers with technical knowledge to help accomplish its future missions.