WATCH: Filipino Singer Reese Lansangan Gets Airtime In An Official NASA YouTube Video!
It all started when NASA slipped into Reese's Instagram DM's one day...
She almost choked on her water when she saw the surprise waiting for her in her inbox.
"NASA sliding into my DMs, now there’s something I never thought I’d see!" she wrote on Instagram.
With almost 70,000 followers on her Instagram account, Reese Lansangan isn't a newcomer on the block; she's gained a big—and quick growing—fanbase over the years that's in love with her airy singing accompanied by effortless guitar-strumming reminiscent of drawn out summer afternoons spent chasing dragonflies and beetles.
She's a welcome sight in the local gig circuit for those who follow it and many a frequent bar-goer will surely recognize her name. But for NASA—as in, America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as in, the organization behind Neil Armstrong's moon landing and Apollo 11—to get in touch with her to ask if they could include a snippet of her music video in one of their official videos? That's recognition on a whole other level!
As the story goes, Reese was having a pretty ordinary lunch going about her day when the now legendary Instagram DM checking took place.
She verified it—NASA was indeed talking to her, and it was because they had chanced upon one of her old songs called A Song About Space (go figure) and asked if she would let them include it in one of their promotional videos. Obviously, Reese said yes (was there any other answer except yes?). It took a while before she heard from them again, but when she did, she blasted out of earth's atmosphere and into the stars out of sheer excitement.
"Then I got an email back with the video link, and in my pride I took all the screencaps! I always get teased for that old Space video of mine because 1) I still had braces & 2) I lisped (lithped)," she adds.
Check out the "A Song About Space" video below, which was posted on YouTube a little over seven years ago:
As it turns out, NASA picked out a short clip from Reese's performance to use in their "How Are You Preparing to #LaunchAmerica?" video. Posted just last week, the seconds-long video helps announce "the return of human spaceflight to U.S. soil," which, by the very sound of it, signals great advancements in America's space travel programs in the near future.
Here's the full video featuring Reese:
Endearingly enough, Reese's comment on the video is at the very top of the comment section, and it's received some attention. (We'd be over the moon, too, if we were her!).
But aside from the wow factor of being chosen by NASA to be part of this project, Reese actually turns the experience into something much more meaningful. She cites a lesson we can all learn from:
"...Each time I thought about taking it down, I couldn’t bring myself to," she says about her music video.
"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," she ends.
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My face got a one-second feature on @NASA’s official Youtube channel, no big deal 🤷🏻♀️🌜☄️🚀🛰...????⠀ ⠀ One day over lunch, I got a DM from NASA (yep, the one with 57M followers...) and I almost choked on my water. 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. 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! I always get teased for that old Space video of mine because 1) I still had braces & 2) I lisped (lithped) - but each time I thought about taking it down, I couldn’t bring myself to. I figured it’s part of my history & it’s fun to make fun of yourself every now and then! 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. (ALSO 🔗 click link in bio to watch a redheaded Reese lisping in song) . . 📷 @marecollantes
So for all of us hiding those old social media posts (or keeping our old photo albums at the bottom of our family trunks), it would do well to heed Reese's words—there's no shame in embracing all of who you are, laughable fashion choices, questionable hairstyles, awkwardness, and all.
You never know—they might just be what you need for life to surprise you with something big.
Photo from @reeseypeasy