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Guion Bluford

Guion Bluford

  • Status: Retired
  • In Space: No
  • Date of Birth: 11/22/1942
  • First Flight: 08/30/1983
  • Last Flight: 12/02/1992


Guion Bluford, a American astronaut affiliated with the government agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration, embarked on 4 space flights and engaging in 0 spacewalks during his/her career as an astronaut.

Guion Stewart Bluford Jr., Ph.D. is an American aerospace engineer, retired U.S. Air Force officer and fighter pilot, and former NASA astronaut, who was the first African American in space.[1] Before becoming an astronaut, he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he remained while assigned to NASA, rising to the rank of Colonel. He participated in four Space Shuttle flights between 1983 and 1992. In 1983, as a member of the crew of the Orbiter Challenger on the mission STS-8, he became the first African American in space as well as the second person of African ancestry in space, after Cuban cosmonaut Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez.

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