Guion Stewart Bluford Jr. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Guion Stewart Bluford Jr. (born November 22, 1942) is an American aerospace engineer, retired U.S. Air Force officer and fighter pilot, and former NASA astronaut, who is the first African American and the second person of African descent to go to space.
How many black astronauts are there?
African American astronauts
|#||Name Birth date|
|1||Guion Bluford November 22, 1942|
|2||Ronald McNair October 21, 1950 †January 28, 1986|
|3||Frederick D. Gregory January 7, 1941|
|4||Charles F. Bolden, Jr. August 19, 1946|
How much do astronauts get paid?
Astronauts are paid according to the federal government’s General Schedule pay scale, and they can fall on the GS-11 through GS-14 pay grades. The pay grade is based on an astronaut’s academic achievements and experience. The starting salary for GS-11 employees is $53,805.
Who was the first black pilot?
Eugene Bullard, the First African American Fighter Pilot and Veteran of Two World Wars. Eugene Bullard (1895 – 1961) was among the first black military pilots in the world. There were around five black military pilots in World War I, and Bullard was the only American.
How many US astronauts have been in space?
556 have reached the altitude of space according to the FAI definition of the boundary of space, and 562 people have reached the altitude of space according to the American definition. 24 people have traveled beyond low Earth orbit and either circled, orbited, or walked on the Moon.