Bison in Space

Bison artifacts make it to space

Capsule floating in space

Artifacts and paraphernalia from Howard University and 13 other historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were included in the cargo of an outer space voyage onboard the Boeing CST-100 Starliner. 

“Closing representation gaps in our company and our industry is a priority for Boeing, and inspiring diverse students to pursue careers in aerospace is an important part of that effort,” said Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun.

“By representing HBCUs on our Starliner mission, we are demonstrating our commitment to working with these institutions to advance equity and inclusion and help ensure a bright future for their students.”

Howard and other HBCUs sent flags, small pennants and other items that accompanied provisions, supplies and other commemorative items on the journey to the space station.


This story appears in the Fall 2021 issue.

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