In November 2020, NASA astronaut Victor Glover launched on his first spaceflight, becoming the first Black astronaut to live on the International Space Station as part of a long-duration mission.

To celebrate Victor Glover’s historic stay on the ISS, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of African American History and Culture have collaborated with Glover to help document his first trip to space through educational programming and digital content.

Students and families can explore themes of teamwork, artistic expression, and resilience through this collaboration. It will provide a look at the hard work and dedication involved with becoming an astronaut and going to space.

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NASA astronaut and Pilot Victor Glover will launch to the International Space Station on the agency’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission. This will be the first operational mission to the orbiting laboratory under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program following the agency’s certification of SpaceX’s crew transportation system. Glover, along with crewmates Michael Hopkins and Shannon Walker – both NASA astronauts – and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, will launch from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida," explains NASA. 

Tune in for a discussion with Victor Glover from the International Space Station. During the program, we asked him questions submitted by students about the mission, his work in space and his career.

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Channel Your Creativity

Alma W. Thomas, Blast Off, 1970, acrylic on canvas, 74 x 54 inches.

Glover has also challenged students to create a piece of art that tells the story of teamwork. This art challenge was explored a virtual program hosted by the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Victor J. Glover Jr. became the first Black astronaut to live on the ISS as part of a long-duration mission. However, before that …

he was a high school athlete, an engineering student (with a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering, a Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering, a Master of Science in Systems Engineering and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science), a pilot in the Navy who flew in combat and peacetime and tested aircraft.

Victor J. Glover, Jr. was selected as an astronaut in 2013 while serving as a Legislative Fellow in the United States Senate. He completed Astronaut Candidate Training in 2015.

Glover and his crewmates worked closely with SpaceX to develop their new spacecraft systems, which will provide roundtrip crew transportation services to the International Space Station.

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