List of black astronauts

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List of black people who have travelled into space or been part of an astronaut/cosmonaut program.

African-Americans[edit]

Travelled into space[edit]

African-American astronauts who have travelled into space, sorted by date of first flight.

# Image Name
Birth date
Comment Missions (Launch date)
1 Guion Bluford.jpg Guion Bluford
November 22, 1942
United States
First African-American astronaut in space STS-8 (August 30, 1983)
STS-61-A (October 30, 1985)
STS-39 (April 28, 1991)
STS-53 (December 2, 1992)
2 Ronald mcnair.jpg Ronald McNair
October 21, 1950
†January 28, 1986
United States
Killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster STS-41-B (February 3, 1984)
STS-51-L (January 28, 1986)
3 Gregory-f.jpg Frederick D. Gregory
January 7, 1941
United States
First African-American to pilot and command a Space Shuttle mission
Acting Administrator of NASA, 2005
STS-51-B (April 29, 1985)
STS-33 (November 22, 1989)
STS-44 (November 24, 1991)
4 CharlesBolden.jpg Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
August 19, 1946
United States
Administrator of NASA, July 17, 2009 – present STS-61-C (January 12, 1986)
STS-31 (April 24, 1990)
STS-45 (March 24, 1992)
STS-60 (February 3, 1994)
5 Mae Jemison.jpg Mae Jemison
October 17, 1956
United States
First African-American woman in space STS-47 (September 12, 1992)
6 Bernard Anthony Harris Jr.jpg Bernard A. Harris, Jr.
July 18, 1953
United States
First African-American to walk in space STS-55 (April 26, 1993)
STS-63 (February 3, 1995)
7 Winston scott.jpg Winston E. Scott
August 6, 1950
United States
Veteran of 3 spacewalks STS-72 (January 11, 1996)
STS-87 (November 19, 1997)
8 Robert Curbeam.jpg Robert Curbeam
March 5, 1962
United States
Veteran of 7 spacewalks STS-85 (August 7, 1997)
STS-98 (February 7, 2001)
STS-116 (December 9, 2006)
9 Michael P. Anderson.jpg Michael P. Anderson
December 25, 1959
†February 1, 2003
United States
Killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster STS-89 (January 22, 1998)
STS-107 (January 16, 2003)
10 Stephanie D. Wilson.jpg Stephanie Wilson
September 27, 1966
United States
STS-121 (July 4, 2006)
STS-120 (October 23, 2007)
STS-131 (April 5, 2010)
11 Joan Higginbotham.jpg Joan Higginbotham
August 3, 1964
United States
STS-116 (December 9, 2006)
12 Alvin drew-2007.jpg B. Alvin Drew
November 5, 1962
United States
EVA Feb. 28, 2011 STS-118 (August 8, 2007)
STS-133 (February 24, 2011)
13 Leland melvin.jpg Leland D. Melvin
February 15, 1964
United States
Associate Administrator for Education at NASA STS-122 (February 7, 2008)
STS-129 (November 16, 2009)
14 Robert Satcher.jpg Robert Satcher
September 22, 1965
United States
EVA November 19 and November 23, 2009 STS-129 (November 16, 2009)

Not travelled into space[edit]

African-American astronauts who have not travelled into space.

Image Name
Birth date
Comment
Robertlawrence.jpg Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr.
October 2, 1935
†December 8, 1967
United States
First African-American selected for astronaut training (1967) for the MOL program.
Died in an aircraft accident.
Livingston Holder Astronaut Training.jpg Livingston Holder
September 29, 1956
United States
USAF Astronaut
Michael E. Belt
September 9, 1957
United States
Astronaut; retired January 12, 1991
Yvonne Cagle.jpg Yvonne Cagle
April 24, 1959
United States
Astronaut
Jeanette J. Epps.jpg Jeanette J. Epps
November 2, 1970
United States
Astronaut
NASA Candidate Victor J Glover.jpg Victor J. Glover
April 30, 1976
United States
Astronaut candidate 2013

Other nationalities[edit]

Black astronauts who have travelled into space, sorted by date of first flight, who were not citizens of the United States.

# Image Name
Birth date
Country Comment Missions (Launch date)
1 Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez
January 29, 1942
 Cuba First black person to fly in space. First Latin American to fly in space. Soyuz 38 (September 18, 1980)

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