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Official NASA Communication 93-113

Official NASA Communication 93-113

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Ed CampionHeadquarters, Washington, D.C.June 15, 1993(Phone: 202/358-1780)Barbara SchwartzJohnson Space Center, Houston(Phone: 713/483-5111)RELEASE: 93-113ASTRONAUT BLUFORD LEAVES NASACol. Guion S. Bluford, Jr., will leave NASA in July and retirefrom the U.S. Air Force to join NYMA, Inc., Greenbelt, Md., asVice President and General Manager of the Engineering ServicesDivision. NYMA provides engineering and software support servicesto the Federal Aviation Administration, the Justice Department,the Department of Defense and to NASA.Bluford was among the first group of Shuttle-era astronautsselected in 1978. He has served as a mission specialist astronauton 4 Space Shuttle flights, making history as the firstAfrican-American astronaut aboard STS-8 in August 1983. He alsoflew on STS-61A, the first German D-1 Spacelab mission in October1985, and two Department of Defense scientific research missions,STS-39 in April 1991 and STS-53 in December 1992. Bluford haslogged over 688 hours in space."I feel very honored to have served as a NASA astronaut and tohave contributed to the success of the Space Shuttle program. Iwill miss working with the people at JSC and the team spirit andesprit de corps that comes with flying crew members in space,"Bluford said.In addition to his flight assignments, Bluford has heldnumerous technical assignments at Johnson Space Center, Houston,including working Space Station Freedom operations, the Remote

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