Guion Stewart Bluford Jr.
November 22, 1942
|Alma mater||Penn State, B.S. 1964|
AFIT, M.S. 1974, Ph.D. 1978
UHCL, MBA 1987
|Occupation||Fighter pilot, engineer|
Time in space
|28d 16h 33m|
|Selection||1978 NASA Group 8|
|Missions||STS-8, STS-61-A , STS-39, STS-53|
Bluford was the first African American in space. 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.
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Media related to Guion Bluford at Wikimedia Commons
- "Astronaut Bio: Guion S. Bluford Jr. (10/2009)". nasa.gov.
- "Guion "Guy" Bluford Biography – NASA Astronaut – First African American In Space". about.com.
- Guion "Guy" Bluford Penn State African American Chronicles profile and interview
- Guy Bluford interviewed on Conversations from Penn State