Remembering the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger and SC native Dr. Ronald E. McNair
On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. On board were seven crew men and women showing in the photo above (back row, L to R): mission specialist Lt. Col. Eillison Onizuka, high school teacher Christa McAuliffe, aircraft payload specialist Capt. Gregory Jarvis, electrical engineer Dr. Judith Resnik, the second American female astronaut and (front row, L to R): shuttle pilot Capt. Michael J. "Mike" Smith, shuttle commander Lt. Col. Francis Richard "Dick" Scobee, and physicist Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the second African American to enter space.
But before McNair was a physicist and astronaut, he was a kid with big dreams in Lake City, South Carolina.
Ronald's brother, Carl McNair, recorded a story with StoryCorp to remember his brother. The animation is a vibrant and funny celebration of Ronald's life, celebrating the importance of education and learning as stepping stones to achievement.
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