Today in history: Sally Ride & Guion Bluford Jr became the 1st woman & African-American selected for the NASA Astronaut program in 1982.
Actually they were a part of Group 8 (the TFNGs) selected in 1978.
Both made their first space flights in 83, if I’m not mistaken.
i believe on April 19, 1982 they were both tapped to fly. yes, in 1983 ride flew on sts-7 & bluford flew on sts-8.
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