Victor J. Glover

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Victor J. Glover
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Born (1976-04-30) April 30, 1976 (age 44)
Alma mater California Polytechnic State University
Air University
Naval Postgraduate School
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Rank Commander, USN
Time in space
Currently in space
Selection 2013 NASA Group
Missions SpaceX Crew-1 (Expedition 64/65)
Mission insignia
SpaceX Crew-1 logo.svg ISS Expedition 64 Patch.png ISS Expedition 65 Patch.png

Victor Jerome Glover (born April 30, 1976) is a NASA astronaut of the class of 2013 [1] [2] and Pilot on the first operational flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon to the International Space Station. Glover is a commander in the U.S. Navy where he pilots an F/A-18, and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. [3]



Glover, who grew up in Pomona, California [4] , graduated from Ontario High School (California) in 1994, where he was a quarterback and running back for the Jaguars. [5] He was awarded Athlete of the Year 1994.[ citation needed ] He attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California on a wrestling scholarship [6] and received his Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering in 1999. Glover is a member (1996) of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. [7]

Glover has three Master of Science degrees:

Glover also completed a Space Systems Certificate from the Naval Postgraduate School whilst on deployment, and a Certificate in Legislative Studies at Georgetown University whilst serving as a Legislative Fellow.

Military career

Glover joined the US Navy, completing advanced flight training in 2001, later training for the F/A-18C with the Marine Fleet Replacement Squadron. In 2003 he was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 34 stationed in Virginia, and embarked on the final deployment of USS John F. Kennedy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

After attending the Air Force Test Pilot School, in 2007 he was designated a test pilot, serving with the VX-31 in California.

In 2011, he served as a department head in Strike-Fighter Squadron 195 (VFA-195) stationed at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan and embarked on the USS George Washington. [3]

Glover's call-sign is "Ike”, a name given to him by one of his first commanding officers, standing for "I Know Everything". [6] He has accumulated 3,000 flight hours in more than 40 aircraft, over 400 carrier arrested landings and 24 combat missions for the United States Navy. [7]

In 2012 he served as a legislative fellow working on the personal staff of John McCain. [8] It was during this time that he was selected for the 2013 NASA Astronaut group.

NASA career

Glover and his crewmates inside the SpaceX Crew-1 capsule during its approach to the ISS SpaceX Crew 1 Victor Glover inside capsule.jpg
Glover and his crewmates inside the SpaceX Crew-1 capsule during its approach to the ISS

Glover was introduced as one of the Astronaut Group 21 team in June 2013, completing training in 2015.

Expedition 64/65

In August 2018 Glover was introduced as one of the Commercial Crew astronauts, assigned to fly on the first operational flight, and the second crewed flight overall, of SpaceX's Crew Dragon. [9] As part of that mission, he will be a crew member on ISS Expeditions 64 & 65. According to The New York Times [4] :

Mr. Glover's achievement is notable for NASA, which has worked to spotlight the "hidden figures" in its history, but has so far sent only 14 Black Americans to space out of a total of more than 300 NASA astronauts. He will not be the first Black astronaut aboard the station. But those who preceded him from NASA were members of space shuttle crews during the station’s construction and only made brief stays on the outpost.

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule "Resilience" launched on November 15, 2020, carrying Glover together with two other NASA astronauts (Michael S. Hopkins and Shannon Walker) as well as Soichi Noguchi of Japan. They arrived at the space station on November 17. [10]

Personal life

He is married to Dionna Odom Glover and they have four children. [7]


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