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Glover, who earned three degrees in three years, joins a distinctive class of men in American history.
Navy commander and test pilot Victor J. Glover is now the first Black Astronaut to live aboard the International Space Station.
Commander Glover and three other astronauts departed on Sunday in a capsule called Resilience and will spend about six months aboard the space station.
Glover is not the first African American to visit the space station, but previous members were parts of space shuttle crews who only made brief stays at the center.
A native of Southern California, Glover is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University and earned three master’s degrees — in-flight test engineering, systems engineering and military operational art and science — in three years.
NASA released a short video to Twitter celebrating Glover’s historic assignment.
Glover has been vocal about the significance of his mission, as well as those of other African Americans who have played a role in space exploration. NASA has also been diligent in highlighting “Hidden Figures to Modern Figures” within the history of the organization. The research led to the successful, Academy Award-Winning 2016 film, Hidden Figures.
Glover noted that his mission is “something to be celebrated once we accomplish it, and I am honored to be in this position and to be a part of this great and experienced crew.”