First blacks in space

Anniversary of the Moon Walk: 10 African American Space Pioneers

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Winston E. Scott

In 1992, Scott was selected by NASA for astronaut training. He later served as a mission specialist on STS-72 Endeavour during its nine day mission from Jan. 11, 1996 to July 20, 1996. Scott conducted one spacewalk to demonstrate and evaluate techniques later used in the assembly of the International Space Station. Scott performed three spacewalks, including one that lasted over seven hours and involved the manual capture of a Spartan satellite. He logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space, his three spacewalks totaled 19 hours and 26 minutes. He retired from NASA and the U.S. Navy.