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History making astronaut speaks at Boy Scouts fundraiser at Hotel Roanoke

A well-known astronaut makes a trip to the Star City.

Doctor Bernard Harris was the first African American to walk in space, but Thursday night he was at Hotel Roanoke talking about more than his historical flight for a Boy Scout fundraiser.

Dr. Harris travels the country talking to boys about the importance of STEM education – science, technology, engineering and math.

As an astronaut and medical doctor he's taken plenty of courses in those fields, but he told WSLS his experience in Boy Scouts also prepared him for space.

"I remember in our troop we used to not only go camping, but go exploring.  We would go exploring the surrounding mountains and I believe that it was through that initiative and that effort that something inside of me had this had this notion to go out and explore, so I've kind of taken it a little bit away from the Earth," Dr. Harris said.

Thursday's fundraiser is expected to bring in $350,000 that will stay right here in this area and go to Boy Scouts in 21 southwest Virginia counties.

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