A Space Nerd’s Reading of Ariana Grande’s ‘NASA’ Song

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On Ariana Grande’s new album, among the kinds of titles you’d expect from an ultra-successful pop star singing about the highs and lows of love’needy.’ or ‘ghostin.’ there’s the single, all-caps track: ‘NASA.’

Yes, one of Grande’s new songs is named for the U.S. government agency that runs the space program.

The song opens with a reimagining of Neil Armstrong’s famous line: ‘This is one small step for woman / One giant leap for womankind.’ The intro segues into an addictive jam sprinkled with outer-space buzzwords: Stars, orbit, gravity.

‘You know I’m a star / Space, I’ma need space,’ the chorus goes. Grande insists to her paramour that she needs some time apart because she needs some ‘me’ time. She imagines herself as a star, and also ‘the universe / and you’ll be N-A-S-A.’ (We’ll leave the sleuthing about which ex-boyfriend NASA represents to someone else.)

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  • Publisher: The Atlantic
  • Date: 2019-02-09T08:00:00-05:00
  • Author: Marina Koren
  • Twitter: @theatlantic
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Ariana Grande’s ‘NASA’ Song Launch Has the Space Agency Over the Moon

NASA and pop star Ariana Grande exchanged tweets today (Feb. 8) after her new album included a song titled with the space agency’s acronym.

“Hey @ArianaGrande, we saw ‘NASA’ trending this morning and thought it was about one of our new discoveries. But we realized that you might need some space,” NASA tweeted. (The second sentence is a reference to the contents of the song, which discuss Grande’s need for time to herself and space away from a person she’s in a relationship with.)

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NASA Exchanges Tweets With Ariana Grande Over Her Song Named After the Space Agency

Hey @ArianaGrande, we saw ‘NASA’ trending this morning and thought it was about one of our new discoveries. But we realized that you might need some space. ‘ It’s like you’re the universe and we’re N-A-S-A ‘Check out the universe: https://t.co/hRtKDqTkiZ pic.twitter.com/p3aAZEwMfv

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