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After six decades, the nation’s inaugural black astronaut candidate embarks on a journey to space

The summary ⁢of the content ⁤is as follows: Ed Dwight, ⁣appointed as a⁣ NASA astronaut‍ candidate by ⁤President​ John F. Kennedy‌ in ⁢1963,⁣ finally achieved his⁢ long-awaited space journey at the age of 90. He traveled aboard a⁣ Blue Origin capsule, owned‌ by Jeff Bezos, for ⁣a ten-minute flight from​ West Texas. Dwight expressed ​his newfound appreciation for​ space exploration ​after experiencing the incredible journey.

Ed Dwight was named a candidate for NASA’s astronaut corps by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. On Sunday, he finally made it to space.

Dwight, 90, traveled to space aboard a capsule with Blue Origin, the aerospace company owned by Jeff Bezos. The flight departed from West Texas and lasted about ten minutes, according to the Associated Press. He was one of six passengers to make the journey on Sunday.

“I thought I really didn’t need this in my life,” Dwight said after the flight.” But, now, I need it in my life …. I am ecstatic.”

He became the new record-holder for the oldest person ever to travel to space, multiple outlets reported. Dwight is about two months older than actor William Shatner, who previously set the record in 2021 during his space flight.

Dwight enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1953 and eventually earned the rank of captain after several years of service. After not being selected as an astronaut, he stayed in the Air Force until 1966. He later worked as an engineer, real estate, and business owner before ultimately becoming a renowned sculptor.

It wasn’t until 1978 that the first black astronaut was accepted into NASA. Five years later, in 1983, Guion Bluford became the first black astronaut to travel to space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.

In 2020, Dwight was named an honorary member of the Space Force.


The Blue Origin flight into space marks a comeback of sorts for Bezos’ company. It was the first flight into space with a crew in almost two years. Previously, Blue Origin grounded all its flights after an accident in 2022 in which engine trouble caused an unmanned capsule to come apart in the sky in mid-flight.

Blue Origin’s commercial flight into space on Sunday was the company’s seventh journey with passengers.

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One Comment

  1. Nobody ever goes to space. There is no “space” as we are told. NASA is another tax extortion operation to feed us all lies about the realm we live in. No moon landings, nada to it all. We are in an enclosed system. Think FIRMAMENT.

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