Bernard Harris

February 1, 2011

Very Important People

Bernard Harris

Since the age of eight, Bernard Harris, Jr. wanted to become an astronaut. Not only did he achieve his dreams, as one of only seven black astronauts, but in Feb. 1995, Harris became the first black astronaut to walk in space. It wasn’t his only accomplishment; Hams had also been a pilot, flight surgeon, scientist and mission specialist before his famous stroll in orbit. Yet he seeds a certain sense of irony in his career path.

“When we look at history itself, you realize that astronomy – the study of the stars – that whole origin – (was) being done by people from Africa.” He once said: “And now I get to fly amongst those same stars. To be the first was great, it really was…but to me, it signifies that there would be many more behind me.”