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The crew of the 2024 Artemis II mission.
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Christian astronaut to pilot first crewed moon mission since 1972

The 10-day Artemis II mission will pave the way for a long-term lunar presence and deep space exploration.

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For the first time in more than 50 years, four humans are set to visit the moon, NASA announced Monday.

Piloting the 2024 Artemis II mission will be Victor Glover, a Christian who has worshiped with Churches of Christ in the Houston area as well as his home state of California.

The crew of NASA’s Artemis II mission, from left: NASA Astronauts Christina Koch, Victor Glover and Reid Wiseman and Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Jeremy Hansen.

The crew of NASA’s Artemis II mission, from left: NASA Astronauts Christina Koch, Victor Glover and Reid Wiseman and Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Jeremy Hansen.

A former Navy commander, Glover flew combat missions in Iraq and served as a legislative fellow to the late U.S. Sen. John McCain before joining NASA in 2013.

The Christian Chronicle previously profiled the astronaut just before a six-month mission to the International Space Station in 2020 — with his Bible and communion cups — when he became the first Black astronaut assigned to a long-duration mission.


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“I would love to go to the moon, but that’s not something I control,” he told the Chronicle at the time.

Artemis II will not only make that dream a reality but cement Glover as the first Black astronaut to visit the moon, though he won’t be setting foot on it — yet.

Accompanying him on the 10-day flight test of NASA’s Orion spacecraft next November will be Commander Reid Wiseman and mission specialists Christina Hammock Koch and Jeremy Hansen — the first woman and first Canadian, respectively, to fly a lunar mission.

The last crewed mission to the moon, Apollo 17, took place more than half a century ago, in December 1972.

NASA says the Artemis II mission will pave the way for future moon landings and a long-term presence there — and eventually, the first crewed missions to Mars.

“I want to thank God for this amazing opportunity,” Glover said at the Artemis announcement event in Houston.


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But the celebration is about “so much more than the four names that have been announced,” he added. “We need to celebrate this moment in human history. …

“I pray that God will bless this mission. But I also pray that we can continue to serve as a source of inspiration, for cooperation and peace — not just between nations but in our own nation.”

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