Ron McNair (Photo: NASA)
South Carolina native Ronald Ervin McNair was a graduate of MIT and a nationally recognized physicist who specialized in laser technology. He was proficient in the martial arts, having earned a black belt in karate, and was also an accomplished saxophonist.
In 1978, McNair was selected for the astronaut program and, in 1984, became the second African American in space as Mission Specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger
Two years later McNair was again selected to be part of the Challenger
crew. On January 28, 1986, he and the other six crew members were killed when the space shuttle exploded seconds after launch.
Twenty-five years after his death, we remember astronaut Ron McNair and invite you to share memories and condolences in his Guest Book.