The First African American NASA leader gifts his collection to USC

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NASA astronaut and Columbia native has gifted his personal collection to USC.

The Charles F. Bolden Collection captures Bolden’s career as a military veteran, NASA pioneer and the first African American to lead NASA for eight years.

Bolden’s 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office.

After joining the office in 1980, he traveled to orbit four times aboard the Space Shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions and piloting two others.

He retired from the Marine Corps in 2003.

According to the University, Bolden’s collection features his space shuttle repair manual with notations, model rockets from foreign space programs, and letters from his days in the U.S. Naval Academy.

“Gen. Bolden is…

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