This Day in Black History: Nov. 22, 1989

Col. Frederick D. Gregory becomes first Black space mission commander.

Posted: 11/22/2011 07:00 AM EST

U.S. Air Force Col. Frederick D. Gregory, the nephew of medical pioneer Dr. Charles Drew, became the first Black commander of a space shuttle mission. The mission, onboard the Orbiter Discovery, lasted just over five days.

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