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.
Bluford’s first mission was STS-8, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on August 30, 1983.
With the completion of his fourth flight, Bluford has logged over 688 hours in space.
Bluford has an FAA commercial pilot license and is a certified scuba diver with over 50 open water dives.
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.