DAY 14: Guion S. Bluford
Guion S. Bluford- Scientist, Astronaut, Pilot
Born: November 22nd, 1942
Guion S. Bluford was a mission specialist on the NASA spacecraft, the Challenger in 1983, becoming the first Black man to travel in space.
Other Bluford Facts
- Bluford was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- He flew 144 missions as an United States Air Force pilot during the Vietnam War.
- In 1979, he began his career as a NASA astronaut.
- Bluford has spent over 600 hours in space.
"I felt an awesome responsibility and I took the responsibility very seriously of being a role model and opening another door to Black Americans, but the important thing is not that I am Black, but that I did a good job as a scientist and an astronaut."
Guion S. Bluford
For more on Guion S. Bluford check out biography.com.
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