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U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Victor J. Glover just got the opportunity of a lifetime. The California Polytechnic State University grad was selected from a pool of over 6,000 applicants to become one of NASA’s eight new astronaut candidates.

The astronaut trainee program will prepare the candidates for possible missions to low-Earth orbit, an asteroid and Mars by sending them through two years of rigorous technical training at space centers around the globe.

Lt. Commander Glover, who is the only African American in this year’s class, set himself apart from the other applicants by penning a clever limerick.

Victor Glover becomes NASA astronaut candidate

He explained in a press conference:

“There was a lot of writing involved. The one that stands out the most is, we were asked to compose a tweet, a limerick, or a haiku. I believe I did a limerick, and it goes:

‘Eyes fixed, gazing off into space

My mind in awe of the human race

This is all dizzying to me

Because I gave so much blood and pee

Happy to be here, vice the colonoscopy place.”

In addition to being one of NASA’s perspective astronauts and a F/A-18 pilot, Lt. Commander Glover and his wife Dionna have four daughters–Genesis, 10, Maya, 8, Joia, 6, and Corinne, 5. He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

We wish him luck!

h/t Brown & Brown Love Facebook page

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  • RaiseTheBar

    LOVE this article! Thanks Clutch!

    Space is the final frontier; go get ’em Space Cowboy!

    2 Thumbs UP for the Math and Sciences.

    Beautiful photogenic family.

  • I saw them on the local news in DC. What a wonderful achievement. Make us proud Victor!

  • Ms.Vee

    An excellent accomplishment (yes I am proudly stating the obvious). I hope the best for him and his family…an adorable family might i add. Victor Glover is one of those names we should always remember.

  • Naps93!

    Uplifting news, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s pretty easy on the eyes :) What a beautiful family!

  • copelli

    Brains, looks and a lovely family….doesn’t get much better than that.

    Show ’em how we do, Lt. Commander.

    :o)