NASA Recruits Grace Potter For Mission Critical Music Video Celebrating Women In STEM

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NASA Recruits Grace Potter For Mission Critical Music Video Celebrating Women In STEM
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On a mission “to recognize the power of women at NASA – past, present and future – and the important role of each in human spaceflight,” the pioneering space agency recruited recording artist Grace Potter to perform her hit song “Look What We’ve Become” in a powerful new music video that celebrates women in STEM. NASA’s goal… “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.”

The video, which was recorded at NASA Johnson Space Center, includes scenes of Grace performing (and rockin’ out on her guitar with a humanoid robot), weaved between archival and present-day photos and footage of women working and training at NASA. It’s a powerful concept, backed by a powerful song with lyrics by Grace that she says have “an empowerment theme with a message that you can do anything you set your mind to, no matter who tells you otherwise.”

“I know that this might be more difficult than another path. That’s why I want to do it.” – Grace Potter

Her message, considered in the context of this video, is one that NASA hopes will reach and inspire many young women, as they are critical to the future of space exploration. “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.”


Look What We’ve Become
Lyrics by Grace Potter

“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. 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.'”

They told you to keep your head down
They told you not to run
They told you we’re sorry, you’re not the fortunate one
They told me to keep it quiet
Said my day would never come
So I screamed my lungs out and I ran straight for the sun
And they always told us we would be nothing
Look what we’ve done (look what we’ve done), hey
And they always told us we would be nothing
But look what we’ve become (look what we’ve become)
And they told you you don’t understand
They told you, let it go
And then they took you by the hand
And led you out the door
Your words don’t make a sound
My dreams are on the floor
But you’re rising up from underground
And I’m nothing like I was before
And they always told us we would be nothing
But look what we’ve done (look what we’ve done), hey
And they always told us we would be nothing
Now look what we’ve become (look what we’ve become)
They say it’s over now
The world is over you
They told me no regrets
There’s nothing you can do
But I won’t fade to black
On the walk that will be damned
I’ll wear my heart like a flag and run
Straight for the sun
Always told us we would be nothing
And they always told us we would be nothing
Told us keep your heads down
They told us not to run
They told us we’re sorry, you’re not the chosen ones
They told us to keep it quiet
And said our day would never come
So we screamed our bloody lungs out and ran straight for the sun
And they always told us we would be nothing
And look what we’ve done (look what we’ve done), hey
And they always told us we would be nothing
But look what we’ve become (look what we’ve become)
Uh, uh
Look what we’ve become

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