America’s First Black Astronauts: 15 People Who Paved the Way

Unknown Joan E. Higginbotham

Higginbotham is a Chicago native and attended Whitney M. Young High School. She has a degree in electrical engineering from Southern Illinois University and a master’s in space systems from the Florida Institute of Technology. Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1996, she flew on STS-116 in 2006. Higginbotham was assigned to fly on STS-126, but retired from NASA in November 2007 to pursue a career in the public sector. She has logged more than 300 hours in space.

 

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Capt. Winston E. Scott (U.S. Navy, Retired)

The majority of U.S. astronauts have been military aviators like Scott, who was born Aug. 6, 1950, in Miami. He is a former Navy pilot. Scott graduated from Florida State with a music degree and holds a master’s in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He has logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space, including three spacewalks totaling 19 hours and 26 minutes.

 

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Capt. Robert L. Curbeam Jr. (U.S. Navy, Retired)

Curbeam was born March 5, 1962, in Baltimore. He graduated from Woodlawn High School, Baltimore County, in 1980. Curbeam is a retired Navy pilot with a degree in aerospace engineering from the Naval Academy and a master’s in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He flew on STS-85, STS-98 and STS-116, logging over 593 hours in space, including over 19 spacewalk hours during three spacewalks.

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  1. Tara Bowerman says:

    Wow!