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Guion 'Guy' Bluford, Jr.
Guion 'Guy' Bluford, Jr. Guion 'Guy' Bluford, Jr.


Guion 'Guy' Bluford, Jr (born November 22, 1942), is an engineer, retired Colonel from the United States Air Force and a former NASA Astronaut He participated in four Space Shuttle flights between 1983 and 1992 In 1983, as a member of the crew of the space shuttle Challenger on mission STS-8, Bluford became the first African American in space Guion "Guy" Bluford, Jr was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 22, 1942 His mother, Lolita was a special education teacher and his father, Guion Sr was a mechanical engineer The Blufords encouraged all four of their sons to work hard and set their goals high Guy, certainly did.

Guion Bluford attended Overbrook Senior High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania While there, a school counselor encouraged him to learn a trade, since he was not college material Unlike other young African-American men of his time, who were given similar advice, Guy ignored it He graduated in 1960, and went on to excel in college He received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1964 He enrolled in ROTC and attended flight school He earn his wings in 1966 Assigned to the 557th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, Guion Bluford flew 144 combat missions, 65 over North Vietnam After Vietnam, Guy spent five years as a flight instructor at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas Returning to school, Guion Bluford earned a master of science degree with distinction in aerospace engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1974, followed by a doctor of philosophy in aerospace engineering with a minor in laser physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1978.

That year, he learned he was the 35 astronaut candidates selected from a field of over 10,000 Guion Bluford entered the Astronaut Training Program, and became an astronaut in August 1979 Guy's first mission was STS-8 aboard the space shuttle Challenger, which launched from Kennedy Space Center on Aug 30, 1983 This was Challenger’s third flight but the first mission with a night launch and night landing It also marked the occasion of the first African-American astronaut, Guy Bluford (The first black man in outer space had been Cuban Col Arnaldo Tamayo-Mendez on the Soviet mission Salyut 6 in 1980) After 98 orbits of the earth, the Challenger landed at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif, on Sept 5, 1983.

Col Guion Bluford served on three more shuttle mission during his NASA career; STS 61-A (also aboard the Challenger, just months before its disastrous end), STS-39 (aboard the Discovery), and STS-53 (also aboard Discovery) Guy continued his education, earning a masters in business administration from the University of Houston, Clear Lake, in 1987 Guion Bluford retired from NASA and the Air Force in 1993 He now serves as vice president and general manager of the Science and Engineering Group, Aerospace Sector of Federal Data Corporation in Maryland He has received many medals, awards, and accolades, and was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1997 He has spoken before many groups, especially young people, where he serves as a great role model Guy married Linda Tull in 1964 They have 2 children: Guion III and James .

Guion Guy Bluford tribute video
A video tribute to Penn State Distinguished Alumnus and pioneering astronaut Guion S. "Guy" Bluford shown at The Pennsylvania Society's 113th Annual Dinner on Dec. 10, 2011. Bluford was awarded...
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Guion (Guy) Bluford - The First Black Astronaut
A live interview with Guion Bluford another first in black history, astronaut! WPSX TV3,, 2003 The Pennsylvania State University, A Penn State on demand video, video edited by...
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2017 Inspiring Minds Legacy Award - Dr. Guion Bluford
At the 11th Annual Inspiring Minds Gala, we were proud to present the 2017 IM Legacy Award to Dr. Guion Bluford, the first African American to fly in space, and the first African American to...
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Guy Bluford, NASAs First African-American Astronaut
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden reflects on Guy Bluford, who became NASA's first African-American astronaut when he launched on STS-8 on Aug. 30, 1983.
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Guion Bluford, Jr. YouTube celebration of the First African American Astronaut in space
Guion Buford, Jr.'s return from his historic flight in 1983 is captured in this rare video covering activities of the day including a reception at the NASA Space Center and a banquet attended...
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Guy Bluford Remembered as the First African American Astronaut
When he was accepted into NASA's astronaut training program in 1978, Guy Bluford never aimed to become the first African-American in space. STS-8 aboard the space shuttle Challenger, STS...
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Black History Month: Guion Bluford first African American in space
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Fred has a conversation with American pioneer and NASA Astronaut Guion Bluford
Fred sits down with NASA Astronaut Guion Bluford, the first African American to travel into space.
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Guion Guy Bluford remarks after receiving PA Society award
Remarks from Guion S. "Guy" Bluford, a Penn State Distinguished Alumnus and pioneering astronaut, upon receiving The Pennsylvania Society's Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement on Dec....
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Col. Guy Bluford
The first African American to go into space. Col. Bluford being honored as the Black Engineer of the Year.
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Pioneering NASA Astronaut Colonel Guion Bluford, Jr. Honored at Philadelphias City Hall
Story profiling Col. Guion Bluford, Jr., the inspiration for the 2017 New Frontiers festival developed collaboratively by the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and NEWorks Productions.
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School Project - Guion Bluford
guion bluford was the first african american in space, so here is your lesson for the day I made this as an extra credit assignment in social studies (even though i dont need the extra credit...
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Black History Firsts: Guion Bluford and Mae Jemison
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Guion Bluford Rap
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An Evening with Guion Bluford - March 5, 2010
An evening with Guion Bluford, the first black astronaut in space and nephew of Lucile Bluford.
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1985: STS-61A Challenger (NASA)
Space Shuttle flight 22 (STS-61A), narrated by the astronauts, launched on 30 October 1985. German Spacelab mission. Crew: Henry Hartsfield, Steven Hagel, Guion Bluford, James Buchli, Bonnie...
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Guy Bluford: Reaching for the Stars - Conversations from Penn State What's it like to travel through space? Retired Astronaut Guy Bluford discusses his experiences in space and the future of space exploration....
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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...
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Col. Guion Bluford - A Space Odyssey
Philadelphia native and aerospace legend Colonel Guion Bluford, the first African American astronaut, stopped by the WURD Radio studios to speak to host Stephanie Renée about the importance...
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