LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/WPGC) — Dr. Guion Stewart “Guy” Bluford, Jr. is known for being the first African American in space. Bluford was part of the third flight for orbiter Challenger in 1979.

Born in Philadelphia, Bluford received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and enrolled in the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1972.

Bluford completed four missions and logged more than 688 hours in space.

He was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1997 and the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2010.

Check back all month for WPGC’s tribute to Black History Month.


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