Race, the final frontier

26th January 2007 at 00:00

Black former astronaut Charles Bolden, who piloted the space shuttle Discovery when the Hubble space telescope was deployed, told a group of students this week that a combination of corporal punishment, dedicated teachers, strict but inspirational parents and sheer determination enabled him to overcome prejudice and succeed despite his upbringing during segregation in the southern United States. Photograph: Nasa Page 2

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