Jacket, In-Flight Suit, Guy Bluford, STS-8

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    Jacket, In-Flight Suit, Guy Bluford, STS-8

    Clothing worn by astronaut Guy Bluford during the STS-8 space shuttle mission; light blue jacket with attached name tag, NASA logos, and mission patch.

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    Clothing worn by astronaut Guy Bluford during the STS-8 space shuttle mission; light blue jacket with attached name tag, NASA logos, and mission patch.

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This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Astronaut Guion S. "Guy" Bluford, Jr. wore these clothes during the six-day Space Shuttle STS-8 mission aboard Challenger in August-September 1983, when he became the first African American in space. As a mission specialist in the five-member crew, Dr. Bluford participated in delivering a communications satellite into orbit, operating the Remote Manipulator System arm, and performing experiments. Early Shuttle astronauts wore a standard issue wardrobe of identical jackets, trousers, shirts, and other items. NASA presented Dr. Bluford's in-flight suit to the Museum shortly after the STS-8 mission.