Doxygen Media Icons of Black History: Guion Bluford

Guion Bluford is an American aerospace engineer and former NASA astronaut. In 1983, he became the first African American to fly into space. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bluford was the product of educated hard working, parents. His father was a mechanical engineer and his mother was a special education teacher that encouraged academic success.

In August 1979, Bluford was selected from thousands of candidates to become the first African American astronaut. He worked on Space Shuttle operations, experiments, and payload safety issues. Due to his unique skill set, Bluford became a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Challenger. In his first mission STS-8, Guion conducted biophysiological experiments. Bluford was the specialist for STS 61-A, STS-39, and STS-53 before retiring from NASA and the Airforce.

Since retirement, Bluford has been the Vice President and Manager of tech company, NYMA Inc’s engineering services division. He was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1997, and the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2010.

Today Doxygen Media honors Guion Bluford, who showed the world that African Americans are capable of being successful at anything, from here to the stars!


– Carlton Rolle


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