Contrary to most history books and newspaper accounts, Col. Tamayo-Mendez, a Cuban national, was the first black man in space. Some would quibble that he was a cosmonaut (and first Hispanic in space) and submit that Col. Guion Bluford was nonetheless the first black (African-American) astronaut, in spite of the fact that Col. Bluford's first flight was in 1983, three years after this picture was taken.
the Soviet Union put a
"person of color" into space long before the Americans.
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