First African-American astronaut in space, Guion Bluford Jr., honored at Great Lakes Science Center

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Great Lakes Science Center contributed to the decorated career of retired astronaut Guion Bluford Jr. on Thursday by marking the 35th anniversary of his maiden space shuttle mission with the unveiling of a new exhibit dedicated in his honor.

The exhibit features personal memorabilia Bluford collected over the course of his nearly 30-year flying career, which included four space shuttle missions from 1983 to 1992. Two were on Discovery, and two were aboard Challenger, which later exploded in 1986, killing all aboard.

Bluford, 75, was the first African-American astronaut to travel to space.

“I feel very honored to be recognized by the city, the county and the Great Lakes Science Center,” Bluford said during a break in an autograph-signing session following the…

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