All About Guion 'Guy' Bluford, the First African American In Space
Guion "Guy" Bluford - NASA Astronaut was the first African American in space for the STS-8 mission aboard the space shuttle Challenger on August 30, 1983. In 1977 he applied to NASA to become an astronaut. A year later, he was selected for the program, along with two other African-Americans, Fred Gregory and Ronald McNair. Graudate of Penn State in 1964 in Aerospace Engineering and PHD from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1978. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.