Meet Guion Bluford Jr., the first African American to go to space


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 22, 1942, Guion ‘Guy’ Bluford Jr. is an aerospace engineer, a former NASA astronaut as well as a retired United States Air Force officer and fighter pilot.

Bluford broke barriers during his time at NASA by becoming the first African American in space. Keep in mind that at a certain point in time in his career, he simultaneously worked at NASA and served in the United States Air Force subsequently rising to the rank of Colonel.

Guion Bluford

Bluford was a very brilliant student during his academic days and his record is very enviable. After graduating from Overbrook High School in Philadelphia in 1960, he pursued a course in Aerospace Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree…

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