Former Astronaut Talks to Local Students - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/8/03

Former Astronaut Talks to Local Students

A Texas Tech graduate and former astronaut spoke to about 300 area high school students Tuesday. Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. graduated from the Texas Tech School of Medicine in 1982. He spoke to students Tuesday at Tech's Allen Theatre.

Harris travels the country encouraging kids to pursue a career in medicine. But he also talked about his time as an astronaut and the Columbia Tragedy, "I think with this incident as tragic as it is, it's brought greater emphasis in what we're doing up there and the importance of it. People talk a lot about the risks, but great advances for civilization come with great risk and I think all of us who fly these vehicles understand that."

Harris says despite the tragedy, if he had the chance, he would fly in space again.

Meanwhile, the leading theory on what caused the Columbia to break up continues to be damage from foam insulation at launch.

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