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August 30, 1983: Guion Bluford: First African American in Space

Another historic Challenger mission launches on August 30, 1983, carrying Guion S. Bluford (right), the first black American astronaut, as a mission specialist. Bluford and crew would launch Insat 1B, a communications satellite, into orbit. (Time Life Pictures/Time and Life Pictures/Getty Images/LIFE.com)
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