List of African-American astronauts

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Some of NASA's first African-American astronauts including Dr. Ronald McNair, Guy Bluford and Fred Gregory from the class of 1978 selection of astronauts.

African-American astronauts are people who have either traveled into space or been part of an astronaut program.

African-American astronauts[edit]

Traveled into space[edit]

# Image Name
Birth date
Note Missions (launch date) Sources
1 Guion Bluford.jpg Guion Bluford
November 22, 1942
United States
First African-American astronaut in space [1]
2 Ronald mcnair.jpg Ronald McNair
October 21, 1950
†January 28, 1986
United States
Died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster [1]
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 [1]
4 CharlesBolden.jpg Charles Bolden
August 19, 1946
United States
Administrator of NASA, July 17, 2009 – January 20, 2017 [1]
5 Mae Jemison.jpg Mae Jemison
October 17, 1956
United States
First African-American woman in space [1]
6 Bernard Anthony Harris Jr.jpg Bernard A. Harris Jr.
June 26, 1956
United States
First African American to walk in space [1]
7 Winston scott.jpg Winston E. Scott
August 6, 1950
United States
Veteran of three spacewalks [1]
8 Robert Curbeam.jpg Robert Curbeam
March 5, 1962
United States
Veteran of seven spacewalks [1]
9 Michael P. Anderson.jpg Michael P. Anderson
December 25, 1959
†February 1, 2003
United States
Died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster [1]
10 Stephanie D. Wilson.jpg Stephanie Wilson
September 27, 1966
United States
11 Joan Higginbotham.jpg Joan Higginbotham
August 3, 1964
United States
12 Alvin drew-2007.jpg Alvin Drew
November 5, 1962
United States
Veteran of two spacewalks, February 28 and March 2, 2011 [1]
13 Leland melvin.jpg Leland D. Melvin
February 15, 1964
United States
Associate Administrator for Education at NASA [1]
14 Robert Satcher.jpg Robert Satcher
September 22, 1965
United States
EVA November 19 and November 23, 2009 [1]

Never traveled into space[edit]

Image Name
Birth date
Note Sources
Robertlawrence.jpg Robert Henry Lawrence Jr.
October 2, 1935
†December 8, 1967
United States
First African-American astronaut; selected for astronaut training in 1967 for the MOL program; died in an aircraft accident
Livingston Holder Astronaut Training.jpg Livingston L. Holder, Jr.
September 29, 1956
United States
USAF astronaut in the Manned Spaceflight Engineer Program
Michael E Belt.jpg Michael E. Belt
September 9, 1957
United States
Astronaut, payload specialist from TERRA SCOUT - US Army Project; retired January 12, 1991
Yvonne Cagle.jpg Yvonne Cagle
April 24, 1959
United States
Jeanette J. Epps.jpg Jeanette J. Epps
November 2, 1970
United States
On January 5, 2016 NASA announced that Epps would become the first African-American space station crew member when she launched on her would-be first spaceflight in May 2018, as a flight engineer on Expedition 56, remaining on board for Expedition 57. On January 16, 2018, NASA announced that Epps had been replaced by her backup Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, due to unknown reasons, and has sparked various media attention.
Victor J. Glover official portrait.jpg Victor J. Glover
April 30, 1976
United States
Scheduled to fly on Expedition 62 on USCV-1
Jessica Watkins portrait.jpg Jessica Watkins
May 14, 1988
United States
Astronaut candidate, NASA Astronaut Group 22 [2]

First African-American astronaut candidate[edit]

Image Name
Birth date
Note Sources
Captain Edward J. Dwight Jr. in US Air Force.jpg Ed Dwight
September 9, 1933
United States
Selected as the first African-American astronaut candidate in 1961; resigned from the Air Force in 1966 after government officials created a threatening atmosphere

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "NASA's African-American Astronauts Fact Sheet". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  2. ^ Garcia, Mark (2017-06-06). "Astronaut Candidate Jessica Watkins". NASA. Retrieved 2017-06-07.