We honor astronaut Dr. Guy Bluford
We are proud to honor retired Air Force officer, astronaut and aerospace executive Dr. Guion S. Bluford, Jr. with a special Award of Distinction, and an exhibit dedicated to him in the NASA Glenn Visitor Center! August 30, 2018 marks the 35th anniversary of Bluford’s first space shuttle flight, which not only launched him into orbit, but into the history books as well as the first African-American in space.
On August 30, 1983, STS-8, a space shuttle Challenger mission, took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It carried Bluford and four other astronauts on a mission with international ties into orbit around the Earth. The crew deployed the Indian National Satellite (INSAT-1B) and operated a Canadian-built remote manipulator system. The shuttle completed 98 orbits around the Earth before landing at Edwards Air Force Base in southern California.
Bluford went on to fly on three additional shuttle missions, including two aboard the space shuttle Discovery, and then a successful career as an aerospace executive supporting the NASA Glenn Research Center.
We had a blast during the 35th anniversary celebration in which we presented him with the Award of Distinction in the NASA Glenn Visitor Center. Following the award, the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard performed an honorary drill on the Science Center’s outdoor terrace overlooking the harbor and Bluford made time to sign autographs and meet guests after the event.
Make sure you check out our newly unveiled exhibit, which includes personal memorabilia provided by Bluford!
Take an Exciting Space Adventure
Welcome to the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, where you’ll find an awesome space experience with galleries, interactive exhibits, fascinating artifacts and amazing NASA media.
Living In Space Gallery
After astronauts get to space, how do they eat, sleep and go to the bathroom? Learn about day-to-day living on the International Space Station and find out how we’re preparing for longer space journeys to Mars and beyond! See how astronauts live and work on the International Space Station, take your photo in a space suit, examine the giant Mars airbag landing system tested by the NASA Glenn Research Center and more!
Explore the past, present and future of human space exploration and understand the challenges that humans have solved to travel to space, explore space and return to Earth safely. Look inside the actual 1973 Skylab 3 Apollo Command Module, experience a multi-media trip through landmark moments in space history, see artifacts from John Glenn’s February 20, 1962 Friendship 7 mission, check out a real moon rock and more!
Explore the underlying science and engineering principles that make major accomplishments in space and aeronautics possible! Enter the gallery through a replica of an immense test chamber door, experiment and test a pressurized bottle rocket, investigate how to power a space station and plan a space mission and more!
NASA Glenn Visitor Center App
Embark on a Mission to STEM! This app allows visitors to the NASA Glenn Visitor Center to explore this trove of space science and technological history in a whole new way. Partnering with an animated digital companion, users search for mission patches that unlock the secrets of aerospace technology through guided activities. Explore the interior of the museum's Skylab 3 Apollo Command Module through immersive 360° panoramas, experiment with fire on board the International Space Station, and more!
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