COLONEL GUION S. "GUY" BLUFORD JR. - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED - HFSID 224293
GUION S. BLUFORD, JR. The first Black American in space signs a special cover celebrating the Orbiter 101 Project Philatelic Envelope signed: "Maj Guion S. Bluford Jr/NASA Astronaut", 6½x3½.
Sale Price $90.00
GUION S. BLUFORD, JR.
The first Black American in space signs a special cover celebrating the Orbiter 101 Project
Philatelic Envelope signed: "Maj Guion S. Bluford Jr/NASA Astronaut", 6½x3½. PARFOREX XVII Philatelic Exposition Cover, 13-cent Commercial Aviation stamp affixed, pictorially postmarked Oak Forest, Illinois, April 23, 1977, honoring the Orbiter 101-Project/Space Shuttle Roll-Out. Guion S. Bluford, Jr., a U.S. Air Force Major, was among 35 astronaut candidates selected by NASA in January 1978, and became the first Black American in space five years later as a member of the five-man crew of the space shuttle Challenger. The mission (August 30-September 5, 1983) was the first night launch from Kennedy Space Center, and successfully launched a weather/communications satellite for India. Bluford returned to space aboard the Challenger on October 30-November 6, 1985, as a member of the first eight-person crew on the first German Spacelab 1-D mission; the Germans aboard conducted scientific experiments. Aboard the space shuttle Discovery from April 28-May 6, 1991, Bluford was one of seven crew members testing detection devices and successfully recovering the Star Wars satellite. Bluford's fourth and final mission took place on the Discovery from December 2-9, 1992, two weeks after he turned 50; this was the last scheduled military flight for the space shuttle, which launched a secret military satellite. Pinhead-size stain at blank area at lower left. Fine condition.
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