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Spelman Student Earns Scholarship Presented By Her 'Inspiration,' Joan Higginbotham, The Third Black Woman In Space

Kathleen Bostick, a Spelman College student, was honored by one of her biggest inspirations.

Ngozi Nwanji

May 3, 2023

Meet 6 Black Astronauts Who Were 'Hidden Figures' Until Now

There’s much to be said about the notion that Black History Month shouldn’t just be during the month of February, but every month. Certainly, there is no shortage of historical figures that deserve to get their flowers, and that’s difficult to do over the course of 28 (and if we’re lucky, 29) days. There are far too few Black STEM figures from history that have gotten their due in modern history books. The hit film, “Hidden Figures,” starring Kevin Costner and Taraji P. Henson, gave us a glimpse into how sidelined Black men and women were in the world of rocket science. That’s why these six Black astronauts — some of whom you may have never heard of prior to today — deserve their due, too. Guion Bluford Jr., Ph.D. Courtesy Photo He was the first African American, and the second person of African descent, to go into space. However, according to NASA, Dr. Guion Bluford Jr. got his start in the United States Air Force before becoming an astronaut and even remained in active service...

Victor Glover Makes History as First Black Astronaut to Live On International Space Station

Victor Glover just became NASA’s first Black astronaut to live on the International Space Station, reports Spectrum News . On Nov. 15 at 7:27 pm EST, Glover soared into space, piloting The SpaceX Crew-1 mission. Because of Them We Can reports Glover will be knocking out several firsts with this flight becoming the first Black astronaut to fly for SpaceX, the first to move into the International Space Station for an extended stay, and the first Black person in space since Alvin Drew in 2007. “The opportunity to fly to space at all is just truly amazing, but then to be able to do it on a spacecraft that is made by this great company SpaceX, it’s an honor, it’s just icing on the cake,” said Glover. “I’m really excited to be able to fly on Crew Dragon.” Crew-1 is complete with Dragon Rider training. We’ve got our license to fly! Thank you to all that made this possible. We hope to make you proud! — Victor Glover (@AstroVicGlover) September 26, 2020 Glover and...

Shanique Yates

Nov 16, 2020