Ellison Onizuka

Ellison Onizuka

  • 6/24/1946 - 1/28/1986
  • American - Lost In Flight
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Ellison Shoji Onizuka (鬼塚 承次 Onizuka Shōji) was an American astronaut from Kealakekua, Hawaii, who successfully flew into space with the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-51-C. He died in the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger, on which he was serving as Mission Specialist for mission STS-51-L. He was the first Asian American and the first person of Japanese ancestry to reach space.