NASA features song of Filipina singer in its #LaunchAmerica campaign

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 21) – Filipina singer and songwriter Reese Lansangan is over the moon as her composition entitled ‘A Song About Space’ is featured in the #LaunchAmerica campaign of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States.

In an interview with CNN Philippines’ Rico Hizon, Lansangan said she was ecstatic that NASA noticed her song inspired by her unique fascination with outer space.

“One of the things I really have loved as a kid and until now is space and space exploration," Lansangan disclosed. "I’m super fascinated by space travel and space flight and how humans have made it on the moon.”

Her interest in space pushed her to write ‘A Song About Space’ seven years ago.

“All the questions that I have about space and the universe and all these things that are big topics but I just like to condense in song form," she shared. "That was the inspiration behind it."

Lansangan revealed she was reached by the highly prestigious space agency via Instagram, saying they saw her YouTube video where she uploaded her composition.

NASA eventually asked Lansangan’s permission if they can have the copy of the video for their marketing purposes.

“Super kinilig na ako by the fact that they messaged me," she recalled. "They acknowledged what the song title was and they knew my name.”

The 29-year old artist later received a message from NASA telling her it has used her song for the #LaunchAmerica campaign video.

Lansangan added that NASA also used her song in a separate #LaunchAmerica campaign advertisement, this time showing herself singing the piece.

“I’m just happy that NASA, which is an agency that gives so much aspiration to a lot of people, they recognize my song," she said. "I’m happy to represent a part of OPM (Original Pilipino Music) in a global stage.”

As a space enthusiast, Lansangan said she hopes that ‘A Song About Space’ can be played in the International Space Station (ISS).

“That’s really my dream," she said. "Everybody that I know who knows that I love space is trying to campaign for any of my songs to make it to the ISS.”

The #LaunchAmerica campaign supports veteran NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley as they prepare to lead the SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft on May 27, U.S. time, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is NASA's first flight test with astronauts to the ISS as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Program.