LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Victor Glover, a Southern California native and the first Black astronaut to work a long-duration mission on the International Space Station, says he’s still working on getting his bearings in space.

Glover, 44, grew up in Pomona, graduated from Ontario High School and attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. He moved to Southern California to begin a career in aeronautical engineering, but wasn't sure what he would get himself into.

"Being black and Caucasian on the same space station is new for me. It's eye opening," he said.

GLOVER (stage name): The first black astronaut to launch from the International Space Station [Hayden Rotella/KCBS News 8, File]

Glover says he was able to transition quickly into spaceflight career, and even became the first Black astronaut to fly twice. After orbital launch and back to Earth, he landed in Sri Lanka on Aug. 18, 2015.

On Thursday, Glover stood with a guest on the National Geographic show Space in the 70s and 80s with astronaut Dorothy Vaughan on "16 And Pregnant" to talk about growing up in a white small town in Southern California and transitioning into space.

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"We were in a small town, living within five to eight miles of where the Space Shuttle landed, 5,000 meters above sea level," said Glover, who's married to pioneer model Susan Ronzetti.

Ronzetti coined a common phrase used among Iʼs like Glover, to say that while growing up, "the Oxygen wasnʼt enough" for them.

Eleven years later in 2002, they became the first Black astronauts to have a lot of success on space mission. Twice, Glover returned to Earth and had inside an aero-boosting module.

"I tested out my wits as a fox hunter and climbing the list of my classmates. I topped the [letter C] class by reaching your Mars in 36 months. … To the rest of the world, that competition and the knowledge that Iʼm the first one out of the gate is what matters," he told viewers.

KCBS's Doreen Gentzler says Lucas Hadley helped Glover along in space and became the first black man to become the first American to commit a suicide
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