In recognition of Black History Month, Space Center Houston celebrates the African-American mathematicians, engineers, scientists, administrators, and astronauts who have contributed to the success of our nation’s human spaceflight programs.

From NASA’s hidden figures to the promise of landing the first person of color on the lunar surface with Artemis, African-Americans have a rich history in human space exploration – past, present, and future.

In honor of Black History Month, we created a gallery featuring some of these African-American trailblazers below:

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Want more Black history? Try taking our Black History Month Trivia quizzes, read about 3 African-American space pioneers, or learn more about NASA’s African-American astronauts. You can also watch the NASA clip below to see just how important a role Black history has played in human space exploration.