Guion Bluford, Date of Birth, Place of Birth

    

Guion Bluford

American astronaut

Date of Birth: 22-Nov-1942

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Profession: astronaut, engineer, military officer, aircraft pilot, aerospace engineer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius


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About Guion Bluford

  • Guion Stewart Bluford Jr., Ph.D.
  • (born November 22, 1942), (Col, USAF, Ret.), is an American aerospace engineer, retired U.S.
  • Air Force officer and fighter pilot, and former NASA astronaut, who is the first African American and the second person of African descent to go to 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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