Screenshot courtesy of Houston Chronicles | Ed Dwight, America's first Black astronaut candidate, is shown exiting Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft on May 19, 2024. Dwight was among six passengers that launched atop the company's suborbital rocket. Blue Origin/FELIX KUNZE

Ed Dwight trained to be the first Black astronaut. Decades later, he finally made it to space.

Ed Dwight, America’s first Black astronaut candidate, waited more than 60 years to fly into space. In 1963, the former Air Force captain and test pilot completed an elite training program that, for many white men, led to NASA’s Astronaut Corps. But Dwight was never selected and left the military without going to space.

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