Exploring Space with Victor Glover

 

Join the National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of African American History and Culture as we document astronaut Victor Glover's first trip to the International Space Station through educational programming and digital content.

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.


Events

Live from Space

December 3, 12:30 pm ET

Victor Glover in his space suit as part of SpaceX Crew-1.

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

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Channel Your Creativity

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Glover has also challenged students to create a piece of art that tells the story of teamwork. This art challenge will be explored later in December through 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.

Follow Along

Check back often for updates from Victor Glover’s mission to the ISS.

Training to be an Astronaut

While we wait for updates from Victor Glover's history making mission, find out how he became an astronaut.

Astronaut Victor Glover talks about some of the components of astronaut training, which includes training in a very large swimming pool and virtual reality training.

Discover the History Behind the Mission

STS-130 EVA - International Space Station Cupola

Space Travel

The International Space Station (ISS)

The International Space Station

Mae Jemison

African American Barrier Breakers

Portrait of a woman

Art and Space

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