tfng birthdays

Happy 70th Birthday to Guy Bluford!

*In addition to flying on four shuttle missions (STS-8, STS-61-A, STS-39, and STS-53) and becoming the first African-American to go into space in 1983, Colonel Bluford also served as a T-38 instructor pilot and has flown over 5,200 hours in various jet aircraft (along with 688 hours of spaceflight).


Happy Birthday to Rhea Seddon and Dale Gardner, who turn 65 and 64 years old (respectively) today!

*In addition to serving as a mission specialist on three shuttle flights (STS-51-D, STS-40, and STS-58) Dr. Seddon currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Nashville, Tennessee.

*In addition to serving as a mission specialist on two shuttle flights (STS-8 and STS-51-A), Capt. Gardner logged over 2,300 hours of flight time in 20 different types of aircraft/spacecraft, with 337 of that total aboard Challenger and Discovery in orbit.