Bernard Harris Jr. Database Research 2 Project By: Nardy Vasquez Per: 3
Bernard sChildhood• Bernard Harris Jr.was born on June 26, 1956.• He was born in Temple, Texas.
Bernard sFamily• Bernard s mother was Gussie H. Burgess.• His father s name was Bernard A. Harris.• Both Parents from Temple, Texas.
Bernard sYoungerBrother• Bernard (9 yrs. old) also had a younger brother named Dennis(7 yrs. Old).
Education• Graduated from Sam Houston High School, San Antonio, Texas in 1974.• In 1974 Bernard received a bachelor of science degree in biology from University of Houston in 1978.
Education• Received a doctorate in medicine from Texas Tech University School of Medicine in 1982.
Education• Dr.Harris completed a residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in 1985.
Training• Completed a National Research Council Fellowship at NASA Ames Research Center in 1987.
Training• Trained as a flight surgeon at the Aerospace School of Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas in 1988.
Experience• Dr. Harris completed a National Research Council Fellowship at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.
Experience• While at Ames he conducted research in the field of musculoskeletal physiology, and disuse osteoporosis, completing his fellowship in 1987.
Experience• In 1987, he joined NASA Johnson Space Center as a clinical scientist and flight surgeon.• His duties included clinical investigations of space adaptation and the development of countermeasure for extended duration space flight.
Accomplishments• Selected by NASA in January 1990, Dr. Harris became an astronaut in July 1991.• Dr. Harris has logged more than 438 hours in space.
Accomplishments• Dr. Harris was assigned as a mission specialist in August 1991.• Later flew on Columbia for ten days (April 26-May 6, 1993).• During this flight, Dr. Harris logged over 293 hours and 4,164,183 miles in space.
Accomplishments• Dr. Harris was the Payload Commander on STS-63 ( Feb.2- 11,1995), the first flight of the new joint Russian- American Space Program.• During the flight, Dr. Harris became the first African American to walk in space.
• He logged 198 hours, 29 minutes in space, completed 129 orbits, and traveled over 2.9 million miles.
Where Is HeNow?• Today, he is happily married to Sandra Fay Lewis.• They have one child.
Interests• Today he enjoys flying, sailing, skiing, running, scuba diving, art and music.
DREAM Tour• Bernard interacts with student in the Bronx during a two-day stop in NYC in October of 2008.• He likes to interact with the kids during his DREAM Tour presentation.
Sources:• Johnson, Lyndon B. "Astronaut Bio: Bernard Harris 1/99." National Aeronautics and Space Administation. NASA, Jan. 1999. Web. 24 Feb. 2012.• Jr., Bernard Harris. "Kids Need Spark to Fuel Science Interest." USA Today. Gannett, 28 Apr. 2011. Web. 24 Feb. 2012. <http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum /2011-04-29-Fuel-science-interest_n.htm>.• Following is from LAUSD digital library:• Spangenburg, Ray, and Kit Moser. "Harris, Bernard." African Americans in Science, Math, and Invention, A to Z of African Americans. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2003. African- American History Online. Facts On File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp? It emID=WE01&iPin=AASM0071&SingleRecord =True (accessed February 24, 2012).