Blast Off: A Look at Blacks Who Made History in Outer Space

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  • 020514 national blacks space Mandla Maseko
  • 020514 national blacks space Guion bluford
  • 020514 national blacks space ronald mcnair
  • 020514 national blacks space mae jemison
  • 020514 national blacks space stephanie wilson
  • 020514 national blacks space joan higginbotham
  • 020514 national blacks space frederick gregory
  • 020514 national blacks space charles bolden
  • 020514 national blacks space bernard harris
  • 020514 national blacks space leland melvin
  • 020514 national blacks space bobby satcher

Guion Bluford

Aerospace engineer Guion Bluford got his start as a pilot in the Air Force before becoming a NASA astronaut in 1979.  He became the first African-American to travel to outer space in April 1983 aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

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