Meet Victor Glover: NASA's First Black Astronaut To Orbit The Moon

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A Black astronaut is on the precipice of making history in outer space.

According to a NASA news release, Victor Glover is among the four astronauts who will venture around the Moon on Artemis ll, per Essence.

The historic announcement makes Glover the first Black man to go to the Moon.

Artemis ll also marks the first crewed mission on NASA's road to establishing a long-term presence on the Moon for science and exploration. Other astronauts joining Glover include Reid Wiseman, Christina Hammock Koch, and Jeremy Hansen.

“The Artemis II crew represents thousands of people working tirelessly to bring us to the stars,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.”This is their crew, this is our crew, this is humanity’s crew. NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, and Christina Hammock Koch, and CSA astronaut Jeremy Hansen, each has their own story, but, together, they represent our creed: E pluribus unum – out of many, one. Together, we are ushering in a new era of exploration for a new generation of star sailors and dreamers – the Artemis Generation.”

“For the first time in more than 50 years, these individuals – the Artemis II crew – will be the first humans to fly to the vicinity of the Moon,” added Director Vanessa Wyche, NASA Johnson. “Among the crew are the first woman, first person of color, and first Canadian on a lunar mission, and all four astronauts will represent the best of humanity as they explore for the benefit of all,” “This mission paves the way for the expansion of human deep space exploration and presents new opportunities for scientific discoveries, commercial, industry and academic partnerships and the Artemis Generation.”

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