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Al Feinberg
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-4504)
August 25, 2003
NASA Commemorates Historic Space Flight
Mission Specialist Guion Bluford on STS-8, his first mission. Left: STS-8 Mission Specialist Guy Bluford on his first mission twenty years ago.

Astronaut Guy Bluford, the first African-American in space, recalls key events and the significance of his historic 1983 flight on NASA TV this week.

Bluford, one of five members of the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-8), commanded by Dick Truly, soared into history from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla. in the rain-soaked, early morning hours of August 30, 1983.

Bluford's comments are being broadcast on NASA TV's daily Video File (noon, 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.).

NASA TV is broadcast on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. NASA TV information is on the Internet at:

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