Victor Glover Jr.
Another Christian who made the 2023 list is Glover, part of the Artemis II crew. The group of astronauts is scheduled to circle the moon starting in November 2024 and sail back to Earth in the next year. The mission will be piloted by Glover.
Glover is an ex-fighter pilot who witnessed the action of the Iraq War. He is recognized for having carried a Bible and communion cups along with him to the International Space Station.
The Artemis II mission will include Glover and fellow NASA astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, Reid Wiseman and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen. The mission will be a 10-day flight test of NASA's Orion spacecraft.
"Glover will be the first person of color to make a lunar journey, and the significance of that is not lost on him," Time noted.
Glover is a member of the Churches of Christ in the Houston area and was profiled in The Christian Chronicle in 2020 when the astronaut was training for a six-month mission to the International Space Station.
"I want to use the abilities that God has given me to do my job well and support my crewmates and mission and NASA," he told The Chronicle in 2020. "That's really the thing I think the most about."
Nicole Alcindor is a reporter for The Christian Post.