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Astronaut Victor Glover has shared a video of the Earth view from on board the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. Watch it here:
NASA astronaut Glover posted the footage from the capsule, nicknamed 'Resilience', which launched on 15 November and was bound for the International Space Station (ISS).
Captioning the video on Twitter, the 44-year-old said: "My first video from space! Looking at the Earth through the window of Dragon Resilience.
"The scale of detail and sensory inputs made this a breathtaking perspective!"
The capsule docked at the ISS after a 27-hour fully automated flight from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Victor and the three other crew members - Americans Mike Hopkins and Shannon Walker, and Japanese Soichi Noguchi - will stay at the ISS for six months and have joined two Russians and one American, who arrived there from Kazakhstan last month.
Welcome to my new home! My first few days on @Space_Station were a blur. We hit the ground running with maintenance, science, and spacewalk prep. It's taking me some time to get my bearings, but I finally had a chance to snap some pictures of my new home for the next 6 months. pic.twitter.com/b4KllmNtXY
- Victor Glover (@AstroVicGlover) November 23, 2020
Glover is the first African-American in history to move into the ISS for a long-haul stay.
Out of more than 300 US astronauts that have been sent into the cosmos, only 14 have been black.
In 1983, Guion S. Bluford Jr. became the first black American man to go to space, while Mae Jemison became the first black American woman to fly into space in 1992.
When asked how he felt about making history, Glover told NASA: "It is something to be celebrated once we accomplish it, and I am honoured to be in this position and to be a part of this great and experienced crew.
"I look forward to getting up there and doing my best to make sure, you know, we are worthy of all the work that's been put into setting us up for this mission.
"You know, unlike the election - that is in the past or receding in the past - this mission is still ahead of me. So, let's get there, and I'll talk to you after I get on board."
Glover is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, earning just the three master's degrees in flight test engineering, systems engineering and military operational art and science.
He's also been vocal on the topic of racial injustice, recently firing back on Twitter at a follower who asked him if he could 'stick to space', rather than comment on the recent protests in the US.
"Actually no," he replied. "Remember who is doing space. People are. As we address extreme weather and pandemic disease, we will understand and overcome racism and bigotry so we can safely and together do space. Thanks for asking."
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