Space

August 31, 2018
 

Celebrating Guy Bluford’s historic first flight

NASA photograph

When Guion Bluford, better known as Guy, launched aboard Challenger’s STS-8 mission on Aug. 30, 1983, he became the first African-American to fly in space. Before becoming a member of NASA’s “Thirty-Five New Guys” — the 1978 astronaut class, which had the first African-American and first Asian-American astronauts and the first women — Bluford had a distinguished career. He was an Air Force fighter pilot with a doctorate in aerospace engineering. As an astronaut, Bluford worked with space station operations, the Remote Manipulator System, Spacelab systems and experiments, space shuttle systems, payload safety issues and verifying flight software, and flew on three more shuttle missions — STS 61-A, STS-39 and STS-53 — logging more than 688 hours in space.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Northrop Grumman to launch 11th cargo delivery mission to ISS

Northrop Grumman photograph Northrop Grumman’s Antares™ rocket and Cygnus™ spacecraft are set to launch the company’s 11th cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. Northrop Grumman is set to ...
 
 

In California, giant Stratolaunch jet flies for first time

A giant six-engine aircraft with the world’s longest wingspan completed what company officials called a superb initial flight over California’s Mojave Desert, bringing to life a dream held by the late Microsoft co-f...
 
 

SpaceX launches mega rocket, lands all 3 boosters

SpaceX launched its second supersized rocket and for the first time landed all three boosters April 11, a year after sending up a sports car on the initial test flight. The new and improved Falcon Heavy thundered into the early...