Bluford, Guion Stewart, 1942-

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Guion Bluford (b. Nov. 22, 1942, Philadelphia, PA) is an American aerospace engineer, retired U.S. Air Force officer and fighter pilot, and former NASA astronaut, who was the first African American in space. Before becoming an astronaut, he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he remained while assigned to NASA, rising to the rank of Colonel. He participated in four Space Shuttle flights between 1983 and 1992. In 1983, as a member of the crew of the Orbiter Challenger on the mission STS-8, he became the first African American in space as well as the second person of African ancestry in space, after Cuban cosmonaut Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez.
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creatorOf Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 1903 - 2006. Headquarters Astronaut Interviews. 1965 - 1971. Astronaut interview, Guion S. Bluford
referencedIn SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER 099 CHALLENGER 61-A LANDING United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn STS-53 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Bluford Family., 1946-1982. Papers. 1946-1982 and n.d. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
referencedIn STS-39 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Spencer, Anne, 1882-1975. Papers of Anne Spencer and the Spencer family [manuscript], 1829, 1864-2007. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER 099 CHALLENGER 61-A LANDING United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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associatedWith Spencer, Anne, 1882-1975. person
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Philadelphia PA US
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Birth 1942-11-22

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