Lamar University to host discussion with veteran astronaut Bernard Harris

Dr. Bernard Harris


Lamar University will host “Space Day” Friday, June 15, in the Dishman Art Museum from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The event will include a discussion with veteran astronaut Bernard Harris and a student competition.

Harris will discuss his experiences as the first African American astronaut at NASA to walk in space, as well as the extreme conditions he encountered during his two shuttle missions. Harris will also discuss the importance of the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and ways to develop critical-thinking and retention skills in students in these fields.

Students enrolled in the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp will compete in a “Space Day” competition. Participants will design and construct spacesuit swatches using household items, which mimic durable, protective materials. Completed designs will be tested using an impact tester, which simulates the rigors experienced during spacewalks.