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Ed Dwight, 1st Black astronaut candidate, exults after suborbital launch (video)

AstronomyEd Dwight, 1st Black astronaut candidate, exults after suborbital launch (video)


Ed Dwight got to live out his long-delayed spaceflight dream over the weekend — and set a record in the process.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy selected Dwight to train at the U.S. Air Force’s Aerospace Research Pilot School. ARPS was widely regarded as a conduit into NASA’s astronaut corps at the time, so the pick made Dwight the United States’ first Black astronaut candidate.

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