EXPLORER LECTURE: "Dream Walker" - Astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris
Time: Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Event Type: Public Program
Location: William M. Allen Theater
Dr. Bernard Harris worked at NASA for ten years, where he conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and disuse osteoporosis. Later, as Head of the Exercise Countermeasure Project, he conducted clinical investigations of space adaptation and developed in-flight medical devices to extend Astronaut stays in space. Selected into the Astronaut Corp in January 1990, Harris was a Mission Specialist on the space shuttle Columbia STS-55/Spacelab D-2 in 1993. As Payload Commander on the shuttle Discovery STS-63 in 1995, he served on the first flight of the joint Russian-American Space Program, becoming the first African American to walk in space. Dr. Harris has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space.
Harris is currently Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm, that invests in early to mid-stage healthcare technologies and companies. He is also the founder of the Harris Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports math/science education and crime prevention programs for America's youth. Harris is also the author of the book, "Dream Walker."
This program is included with Museum admission and is Free for members of the Museum of Flight.