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First Black man to walk in space wants others to follow in his footsteps

AS A teenager, Dr Bernard Harris used to spend many afternoons watching space programmes on television. Inspired by scenes showing people boldly going where no one has gone before, Harris vowed he would one day join them.

Years later, Harris followed his dream – making history when he became the first African-American man to set foot in space.

“I always had a desire to travel to space,” said 54-year-old Harris, from Houston, Texas. “I started off working for NASA [National Aeronautics and Space Administration] in 1986 as a flight surgeon and researcher prior to becoming an astronaut.”

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First African American spacewalker to speak in Dubai

“Few speakers are better qualified in terms of both medicine and being in remote places than Dr Bernard Harris Jr. – the first African-American to walk in space and a man who has flown more than seven million miles as a NASA astronaut,” said Jeremy Bonfini, HIMSS Senior Vice President, Global Services

Dr Harris, a member of the American College of Physicians and a holder of a master’s degree in biomedical science, was selected by NASA to train as an astronaut in 1990. As a member of the crew of Spacelab, he conducted research into physical and life sciences.

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Hampton University receives $10.2 million NASA contract

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Hampton University recently received a contract increase of $10.2 million from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to extend the NASA Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite mission for three more years.