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Grace Potter shot her new music video at NASA's Johnson Space Center. (YouTube)


Women of NASA celebrated in rocker Grace Potter’s new music video

By WITW Staff on September 27, 2016

American singer-songwriter Grace Potter has released a new music video that celebrates the accomplishments of the women of NASA, and hopes to inspire the space agency’s next generation. Shot on location at, and in collaboration with, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, “Look What We’ve Become” features footage of Mission Control, women performing ground experiments and training exercises, astronauts aboard the International Space Station, and Potter in a spacesuit. NASA is hoping to inspire girls and women to embrace STEM studies and aspire to become “a part of something historic.”

“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 can affect you and change the course of your life,” Potter said in a statement. “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.'”

Grace Potter on location at the Johnson Space Center. (YouTube)
Grace Potter on location at the Johnson Space Center. (YouTube)

The video was released just days before Rita Schulz — a prominent German space scientist — accused the European Space Agency (ESA) of having a “problem with promoting women.” The lead scientist on the Rosetta comet-chasing mission from 2007 to 2013 told the Guardian she was dropped from the historic project just six months before its culmination — a move she said has been “tremendously damaging” professionally.

Schulz told The Guardian she was compelled to draw attention to perceived gender bias at the ESA after seeing so little promotion of women during the past 20 years. “Women are never promoted. I have to say I believe this is a problem.”

She believes it would be productive in the first instance to instate a quota of at least two women in the ESA’s science directorate, comprised of the director general and 10 directors. A woman, Magali Vaissiere, joined the directorate for the first time in 2013.

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