First blacks in space

Anniversary of the Moon Walk: 10 African American Space Pioneers

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Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

Selected by NASA in May 1980, Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden (RTD) was a veteran of four space flights with over 680 hours in space. He was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He began his duties as head of the agency on July 17, 2009. As Administrator, Bolden leads a nationwide NASA team to advance the missions and goals of the U.S. space program.