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Bernard Harris visits summer science campers at Shangri La

Former NASA astronaut Bernard Harris will visit students attending the summer science camp bearing his name June 14 at the Shangri La Botanical Gardens in Orange. The media is invited to attend from 10 – 11 a.m. asB Harris Harris interacts with campers of the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. The annual science camp is sponsored by the ExxonMobil Foundation and held at Lamar University. Shangri La is a perennial partner and special presenter for the summer camp.

As another means to reach under-represented populations, the summer camp is in the fifth year at Lamar. The two-week, free residential camp offers innovative programs to enhance student knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math, while also fostering leadership and citizenship.

Harris was the first African American man to go into space as one of NASA's research teams and was involved in the construction of the space rovers.Selected by NASA in January 1990, Harris became an astronaut in July 1991. He flew on board the space shuttle Columbia for ten days logging more than 239 hours and 4,164,183 miles in space.

His second shuttle mission was as payload commander on the Discovery in February 1995. During the flight, Harris became the first African American to walk in space, logging 198 hours, 29 minutes in space, completing 129 orbits and traveling more than 2.9 million miles.