Profile of Guion S. Bluford, Jr.
Guion Bluford’s nickname is Guy… Guion Bluford earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State in 1964 before entering the Air Force… Guion Bluford’s 1985 mission on STS-61-A was the last successful flight of the Challenger. The shuttle exploded on its next flight in 1986, killing teacher Christa McAuliffe and six others… Many sources note that the first black man in space was Arnaldo Mendez, a Cuban who flew in the Russian flight Soyuz 38 in 1980… Guion Bluford is married to the former Linda Tull. They have two children: Guion III (b. 1964) and James (b. 1965)… The first African-American woman in space was Mae Jemison (in 1992).
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