Ed Dwight Reaches Space

Ed Dwight, America’s first Black astronaut candidate, made history by flying to space with Blue Origin on May 19, 2024. At 90 years old, he set the record as the oldest person to experience space. Despite being encouraged by President Kennedy in the 1960s, Dwight was excluded from NASA’s astronaut class due to racial barriers. After leaving the Air Force, he became a renowned sculptor, creating works that honor Black history. Blue Origin, founded by Jeff Bezos, facilitated this historic flight, highlighting progress in both space tourism and social recognition.

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