Guion S. Bluford Jr. becomes first black American astronaut to travel in space 30 years ago this hour (1983)

Video: 'ABC News Coverage of STS-8' (parts 1-6)

(Sunday, August 21, 1983, 2:32 a.m. EDT)Guion Bluford, 40, became the first African-American in space today aboard Space Shuttle Challenger on the STS-8 mission following a 17-minute delay due to thunderstorms near the launch site.

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