Paving the Way
On August 30, 1983, Guy Bluford soared into history, becoming the first African American in space during mission STS-8. Bluford was born in Philadelphia, and attended Pennsylvania State University. He became an astronaut in 1979, and was also a mission specialist on STS 61-a, STS-39, and STS-53. In 1997, Guy Bluford was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame, and in 2002, the world renown African American scholar, Dr. Molefi Asante, listed him as one of the 100 Greatest African Americans. Bluford retired from NASA in 1993.