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Guion Bluford

Selected as part of NASA’s eighth class of astronauts in 1978, Guion “Guy” Bluford became NASA’s first African-American astronaut to go to space with his launch on STS-8 on August 30, 1983.

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Guion Bluford

Guion Bluford was chosen as a NASA astronaut candidate in January 1978 and became NASA’s first Black astronaut in August 1983 with the launch of STS-8. A veteran of four space flights, Bluford served as a mission specialist on STS-8, STS 61-A, STS-39, and STS-53.

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