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On February 9, 1995, Dr. Bernard Harris became the first African American to perform a spacewalk during the second of his two Space Shuttle flights. The Temple, Tx. native was the first black man to go into space as one of NASA’s research teams and he was involved in the construction of the space rovers.

In 1987, Dr. Harris completed a National Research Council Fellowship at the Ames Research Center. A year later, Dr. Harris trained as a flight surgeon at the Aerospace School of Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio. As a flight surgeon at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Harris conducted clinical investigations of space adaptation and developed countermeasures for extended duration space flight.

Little Known Black History Fact: Dr. Bernard Harris  was originally published on

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