Astronaut Victor Glover wasn’t trying to get away from God as he blasted to the International Space Station in the SpaceX Crew Dragon’s capsule Resilience on Sunday.
As the first African American astronaut to go on a long-term mission, Glover took on board communion cups and the word of God. He plans to utilize the strong internet connection aboard the craft to access faith-based programs, too.
Glover arrived at the ISS with the three other crew members onboard the first commercially developed space vehicle certified by NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration to ferry astronauts up to low-Earth orbit and back again. The crew will stay at the space station until the spring.
Along with reading his Bible and praying, the 44-year-old said in a video interview with the Churches of Christ-associated newspaper Christian Chronicle last week that he also plans to participate in “virtual service” and “virtual giving.”
Glover made his first tweet aboard the Resilience just before 1 p.m. Eastern on Monday.
— Victor Glover (@AstroVicGlover) November 16, 2020