Astronaut Victor Glover Takes Bible and Communion Cups to International Space Station, Plans to Participate in Virtual Church Services

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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.

“Go Crew Dragon, Go Resilience!!! Big thank you to the teams at @NASA and @SpaceX for keeping us safe on the ride up. Next stop, @Space_Station,” he wrote, attaching several pictures of the blastoff.

Glover’s making his first space journey after serving as a Navy F/A-18 carrier pilot who flew combat missions in Iraq. He also previously served as a legislative aide to the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., himself a naval aviator.

“Before I go and even get in an airplane to go on a flight, I say a prayer, and I always think about my family,” Glover said during his interview last week.

He’s been married to his wife, Dionna, for 18 years. They have four children.

She was raised in the Church of Christ just east of the San Francisco Bay and brought him into the denomination best known for its opposition to musical instruments in worship after they met at California Polytechnic State University, according to Christian Chronicle.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Kyle Huckins

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