History is being made as Victor Glover, a former US Navy captain from Pomona, California, prepares to become the first person of color to fly around the moon as NASA’s Artemis II mission pilot. Today In LA’s Lynette Romero and Robin Winston had the opportunity to sit down with Glover while he trained for this historic mission.

During the interview, Glover reflected on the fear and uncertainty he experienced in his younger years, but he also highlighted the importance of hard work and determination. He believes that with perseverance, it is possible to overcome challenges and achieve success.

Yet despite this success, Glover shared his feelings of humility and shock upon being selected for the mission and emphasized the crucial role that family plays in preparing for such a journey. His education also prepared him for the mission with a background in engineering with a degree from Cal Poly and piloting, which led to his interest in becoming an astronaut. He initially wanted to join the Navy SEALs but was encouraged by his father to consider a career as an astronaut. This guidance proved to be invaluable, setting him on the course for this incredible achievement.

Glover’s father expressed his pride in his son’s achievement, stating, “It’s pretty amazing.” When asked what he would tell his younger self about his achievement, Glover replied, “It’s going to be okay because you are going to work so hard.”

Glover passed along this message of hard work, along with expressing his gratitude to the students at his alma mater, Ontario High School, for their motivation and inspiration. He encouraged them to work hard, be resilient, and strive to be the best they can be in their pursuits.

As both an influencer of the younger generation as well as an influencer in the space community, Glover revealed that he manages his own social media account with guidance from NASA. With almost 100,000 followers on Instagram, he understands the impact he can have on inspiring and engaging with the next generation.

Glover acknowledged the combination of being a role model to others and the gravitas of the mission requires that he deal with stress.  To manage this stress, he spends time with his family and engages in activities such as reading and writing. He finds journaling to be a particularly valuable tool for capturing and reflecting on his experiences.

On a lighter note, during the interview, Glover shared his preference for In-N-Out over Whataburger and his love for Mexican food, particularly street tacos. As for the music that will accompany him on Artemis II, he revealed that a playlist will be curated for the mission and shared with the public.

In his closing remarks, Glover emphasized the importance of being a good teammate and working together to protect our planet and human life. He urged young people to listen to their parents and continue learning both inside and outside the classroom.

Victor Glover’s historic mission as the first person of color to fly around the moon serves as a testament to the power of hard work, family support, and the pursuit of one’s dreams. As he breaks barriers and inspires countless individuals, his story will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on the world.