Next ‘Conversations from Penn State’ to feature alumnus, astronaut Guion Bluford

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Retired astronaut and Penn State Distinguished Alumnus Guion “Guy” Bluford will join host Patty Satalia on the next installment of WPSU-TV’s "Conversations from Penn State."

The episode will air at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19 on WPSU-TV.  The show also can be viewed at http://conversations.psu.edu online.

On "Conversations from Penn State: Reaching for the Stars," Bluford will discuss his experiences in space – from the feeling of flying to the loss of his colleagues in the Challenger accident – and the future of space exploration.

Bluford is a West Philadelphia native and a 1964 graduate of Penn State. He joined the United States Air Force after graduating, earning his pilot’s wings in 1966. In 1983, Bluford became the first African-American to go into space, his first trip of four. That same year, Bluford received The Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award for his outstanding achievements. He retired from NASA and the U.S. Air Force in 1993.

"Conversations from Penn State," with Satalia at the helm, offers thoughtful, in-depth exchanges with a broad range of remarkable people. In many cases, their trailblazing work has advanced their field, drawing national and worldwide attention.

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Last Updated December 12, 2013