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fortyfeetunder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-24-06 03:20 AM
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7. Black Americans in space
Edited on Fri Feb-24-06 03:33 AM by fortyfeetunder
1st African-American Astronaut

In June l967, Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. was named the first African-American astronaut, though he never made it into space. Several months later, on December 8, Lawrence died when his F-104 Starfighter jet, in which he was a co-pilot/passenger during a training flight, crashed at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

Guion Bluford (USAF, Retired) first African-American man in space
Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American woman in space

And I don't want to forget the ones we lost (and my eyes always well up when I think of these two):

Dr. Ronald McNair, lost in Challenger mishap(1986)
Michael Anderson, lost in Columbia mishap(2003)

EDIT: updated to add more history!
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