Guion S. Bluford, first Black astronaunt in space. Photo Credit: © NASA via Wikimedia Commons.

United States – Guion Stewart Bluford Jr., First African American to travel to outer space

Guion Stewart “Guy” Bluford, Jr., was the first African American astronaut. Between 1983-1992, Bluford traveled “out of this world” four times, beginning with a ride on the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger.  This first flight was on August 30th, 1983.