Maj. Robert H. Lawrence Jr. named first Black Astronaut . Maj. Lawrence successfully completed the Air Force Flight Test Pilot Training School at Edwards AFB, California. In the same month (June 30, 1967) he was selected by the USAF as an astronaut in the Air Force's Manned Orbital Laboratory (MOL) program, thus becoming the first black astronaut. He was killed during a training flight later on the same year.
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