NASA Tweets to Ariana Grande About New 'Thank U, Next' Song Named After Space Agency

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Ariana Grande performs on stage at Billboard Women In Music 2018 on December 6, 2018 in New York City. Grande's "Thank U, Next" album came out Friday with a song named after the space agency NASA on it. Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Billboard

Ariana Grande released her much anticipated album Thank U, Next, on Friday and the internet was already abuzz by the morning about all the new songs she released.

A government agency was even talking about the new album. NASA tweeted at the 25-year-old pop star Friday morning, "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," said the tweet from the NASA account. They wrapped up the tweet with a quote from the song, "It's like you're the universe and we're N-A-S-A."

In the months leading up to the album release Grande dropped the song "thank u, next" and "7 rings," both songs got fans excited about the full album where "NASA" is the third song on the album and the only song title with capital letters.

The song starts with an introduction that's also a nod to NASA, "This is one small step for woman, one giant leap for woman-kind." That introduction mirrors what Neil Armstrong said, " That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," during the first moon landing.

The song is about Grande taking time and space to self-discover and be on her own for a night. "Baby, you know time apart is beneficial. It's like I'm the universe and you'll be N-A-S-A," she sings in the pre-chorus. Fans were already tweeting about how much they loved the song Monday. Some were saying they related to the song's message.

“I’ma need space. I’ma, I’ma need space.”@ArianaGrande made a song about my life motto and I’m going to sing it everyday. #NASA #ThankUNext

— Brook Weaver (@_dreamweaver_94) February 8, 2019

Fans were even "obsessed" with the song.

Already obsessed with #NASA @ArianaGrande

— Sarina (@SoDakSarina) February 8, 2019

Omg one verse into #NASA and I’m obsessed, send help! 👩🏻‍🚀💫@ArianaGrande #thankunext

— wicka (@mariawicka) February 8, 2019

Other people on Twitter were excited to see NASA trending, maybe hoping to see some news about a discovery or plan for exploration, but were disappointed to see the trend was due to a song.

Saw #NASA trending and got really excited, then realized it was just because of an Ariana Grande song... #letdown

— Micah Fry (@micahfries89) February 8, 2019

I literally thought there are something going on in the solar system with #NASA trending, but no its just a song.

— Shrijan (@shrijan79) February 8, 2019

Part of the reason NASA was trending though also had to do with two small satellites that lost contact with the space agency, called the Mini MarCO satellites, or their nicknames, EVE and WALL-E. The satellites would probably not be able to restore contact with NASA again but they had done their job before losing contact. They were meant to test how far the minisatellites, called CubeSats could go, according to NASA.