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NASA celebrates Black History Month with VP Kamala Harris

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In recognition of Black History Month, Astronaut Victor Glover spoke with Vice President Kamala Harris about his achievements aboard the International Space Station and the next steps in his career.

Video Transcript

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KAMALA HARRIS: Victor, it is so good to see you. The history making that you are doing, we are so proud of you.

VICTOR GLOVER: It it's great to talk to you. Welcome to the International Space Station.

KAMALA HARRIS: As we think about the history that you are making as the first African-American to be on the International Space Station for a long duration of time, I want to ask you, as you are in the process of making history, how do you think of those upon whose shoulders we stand, and how they have inspired your work?

VICTOR GLOVER: Actually, I think about that piece often. All seven of us up here are a part of an amazing legacy of human spaceflight. Everything every astronaut or cosmonaut has ever done has led to us being here now, in this special time. So I really appreciate that legacy, and I try to work my hardest to honor it.

KAMALA HARRIS: So I understand you recently got some fresh air because you went on a spacewalk outside of the Space Station for the first time. What was that like?

VICTOR GLOVER: One of my colleagues said to me to keep your world small, to focus on the thing right in front of you, and then slowly widen out that world view, and that really helped, because the first time that I did just sit back and look down at the Earth, I just wanted to do that for the rest of the seven hours that I was outside. It was pretty amazing. But we had a lot of work to do, so it was also very busy. Busy and beautiful.

KAMALA HARRIS: You are inspiring us, and you are reminding us of what is possible when we dream big, and when we think big. So thank you.