U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris made a cosmic name to the Worldwide Area Station final week to rejoice the milestone spaceflight of NASA astronaut Victor Glover in orbit.
The decision, which NASA and the White Home released on YouTube Saturday (Feb. 27), got here amid Black Historical past Month, as Glover is halfway by means of a six-month flight to the house station. He’s the first Black astronaut to fly a long-duration mission to the station.
“Victor, it’s so nice to see you,” an excited Harris stated within the 3-minute video. “The history-making you might be doing, we’re so pleased with you.”
Glover, 44, launched to the space station in November alongside three different astronauts as a part of SpaceX’s Crew-1 mission for NASA. He’s a part of the station’s seven-person Expedition 64 crew and is making his first spaceflight since becoming a member of NASA’s astronaut corps in 2013.
Harris, who’s the primary lady and lady of shade elected as vice chairman, requested Glover what he thought of his personal achievement as the primary African-American astronaut to fly a long-duration mission to the house station. The astronaut stated his flight was solely doable due to the astronauts and cosmonauts who got here earlier than him to convey humanity to its present level in house exploration.
On April 12, the world will mark 60 years of human spaceflight. The primary particular person to fly in house, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, launched on that day in 1961.
“I actually admire that legacy and I attempt to do my finest to honor it,” Glover stated. “I take into consideration proper now, it’s a time that we should always rejoice and be appreciative of the present state of human spaceflight.”
“However actually what I am most enthusiastic about is the way forward for human spaceflight and the truth that that is going to be the longer term, that is what we’ll do for the foreseeable future,” Glover added. “So yeah, that was a primary. but it surely will not be the one time that that is occurred.”
“My mom would say to me, ‘Kamala, you might be the primary to do many issues, however be sure you’re not the final,'” she stated.
Harris requested Glover about his recent spacewalks on Jan. 27 and Feb. 1 (he took one other one right now, Feb. 28) to improve the Worldwide Area Station, in addition to how his view of Earth from house permits a glimpse on the challenges of our planet.
“It’s only a spectacular factor to see from right here, and it is very apparent to see from up right here how skinny our ambiance is, simply how particular it’s for there to be human life on this planet,” Glover stated of the view. “And so, it makes me wish to do all that I can to guard that.”
“You inspiring us and also you reminding us of what’s doable after we dream huge and after we assume huge,” Harris stated.
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