​August 30, 1983: Guion S. Bluford, Jr. Becomes The 1st African-American Astronaut To Travel In Space

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Guion Bluford’s 1st mission was STS-8.

STS-8 was the eighth NASA Space Shuttle mission and the third flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger. It launched on August 30, 1983 and landed on September 5, 1983, conducting the 1st night launch and night landing of the Space Shuttle program. It also carried the 1st African-American astronaut into space, Guion Bluford.

The mission successfully achieving all of its planned research objectives, but was marred by the subsequent discovery that a solid-fuel rocket booster had almost malfunctioned catastrophically during the launch.

Dr. Guion Stewart “Guy” Bluford, Jr., is an engineer, NASA astronaut, and the 1st African American in space. Before becoming an astronaut, Bluford was a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He participated in four Space Shuttle flights between 1983 and 1992. 

In 1983, as a member of the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger on the mission STS-8, Bluford became the 1st African American in space as well as the second person of African ancestry in space, after Cuban cosmonaut Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez.

Read more about his career, honors and legacy at: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=626629317508151&substory_index=0&id=101575520013536

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