BY:LUIS SOBERON 2/19/13 PERIOD: 6
Guion Bluford Jr. was born in 1942 in West Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Bluford’s father was a mechanical engineer and his mother was a special education teacher. His parents always taught him and his two brothers to work hard and to reach their goals. Even as a young child Bluford liked to build model airplanes and put things together. His family and friends call him Guy because his first name is pronounced Guy-on. In his early years he participated in Boy Scouts and ended up becoming an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Overbrook Senior High School in 1960. Bluford went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1964. He married his wife Linda Tull during his senior year at Penn State. His wife became an accountant and later on they had two sons Guion III and James. Bluford was also an Air Force ROTC graduate from Penn State. After Bluford graduated he went off to pilot training and he received his pilot’s wings in 1966. In 1974 Bluford received a master’s degree with a distinction in aerospace engineering from the AFIT. In 1978, he also received a doctor of philosophy in aerospace engineering degree with a minor in laser physics from the AFIT. After Bluford logged more than 5,200 hours of jet flight time, it was time for him to reach even higher. Bluford’s astronaut career began when he was picked to be one of the 35 individuals to become space shuttle astronauts. This is significant because 10,000 other people applied to the program, but only 35 people were accepted. On August 30, 1983, Bluford became the first African American to go into space. At the moment the countdown reached zero and the shuttle lifted off the ground, Bluford was on his way to live out his dream. During Bluford’s career with NASA, he went to space four times. He was aboard the space shuttle Challenger for his...
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