POMONA (CBSLA) — Among the four astronauts heading to the International Space Station for a six-month stay as part of SpaceX’s latest mission is Pomona native Victor Glover.

Glover broke barriers by becoming the first Black astronaut to join a long-duration crew on the space station.

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“I don’t have any idea why it may have taken this long but those kind of things can be challenging,” the father of four said. “It is important to have kids that look like me — or look like I looked — that they can relate to in that way.”

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The other astronauts on board were Michael Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who each made history on Sunday as they were part of the first fully operational mission for the Dragon capsule named Resilience.

The mission also marked SpaceX’s second only astronaut launch in its 18-year history and is the first fully operational mission for the Dragon capsule.

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Read more about the mission here.