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August 30, 1983 - First African American in Space

Sunday, August 30th 2020, 8:26 am - Guion Stewart Bluford Jr. is the first African-American person to travel into space, learn about his incredible journey.

August 30, 1983 marks the date that Guion Stewart Bluford Jr. travelled into space. He is the first African-American and second person of African ancestry to go into space.

Guion Stewart Bluford Jr. is an American aerospace engineer, retired U.S. Air Force officer and fighter pilot, and former NASA astronaut. His first mission to space was on the 1983 'Challenger'. Bluford was aboard four missions to space, between 1983 and 1992.

Bluford's incredibly impressive credentials include a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering, a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Laser Physics, and a Master of Business Administration.

Learn about Bluford's inspiring story to space on today's "This Day In Weather History.”

"This Day In Weather History” is a daily podcast by The Weather Network that features unique and informative stories from host Chris Mei. Click here to listen and subscribe!

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