This Day in Black History: Nov. 22, 1989

This Day in Black History: Nov. 22, 1989

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

Published November 22, 2011

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.

(Photo: Nasa)

Written by Britt Middleton

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