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Ronald E. McNair, Ph.D.
Ronald E. McNair, Ph.D.  Ronald E. McNair, Ph.D.


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Ronald Ervin McNair, Ph.D. (October 21, 1950 – January 28, 1986) was a physicist and NASA astronaut. McNair died during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51-L. Ronald Ervin McNair, was born October 21, 1950, in Lake City, South Carolina. In 1971 he received a bachelor's degree in engineering physics, magna cum laude, from North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro). McNair was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In 1976, he received his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology becoming nationally recognized for his work in the field of laser physics. He received three honorary doctorates, a score of fellowships and commendations and achieved a black belt in karate. After graduation from MIT, he became a staff physicist at the Hughes Research Lab in Malibu, California. Selected as astronaut candidate by NASA in January ‘78, Ronald E. McNair completed 1-year training & evaluation period in August ‘79, qualifying for assignment as mission specialist astronaut on Space Shuttle flight crews. First flew as mission specialist on STS 41-B launched from Kennedy Space Center on February 3, ‘84. Crew included spacecraft commander, Mr. Vance Brand, the pilot, Cdr. Robert L. Gibson, & fellow mission specialists, Capt. Bruce McCandless II, & Lt. Col. Robert L. Stewart. The flight accomplished proper shuttle deployment of two Hughes 376 communications satellites, & the flight testing of rendezvous sensors & computer programs. Marked the first flight of the Manned Maneuvering Unit & first use of the Canadian arm (operated by McNair) to position EVA crewman around Challenger’s payload bay. Included were German SPAS-01 Satellite, acoustic levitation & chemical separation experiments, Cinema 360 motion picture filming, five Getaway Specials, & numerous mid-deck experiments - all of which Dr. McNair assumed primary responsibility. Challenger culminated in first landing on the runway at Kennedy Space Center on February 11, ’84. Dr. Ronald E. McNair died on January 28, ‘86 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, also taking the lives of the spacecraft commander, Mr. F.R. Scobee, the pilot, Commander M.J. Smith (USN), mission specialists, Lieutenant Colonel E.S. Onizuka (USAF), & Dr. J.A. Resnik, & two civilian payload specialists, Mr. G.B. Jarvis and Mrs. S. C. McAuliffe.


 
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MSNBC:Challenger Beyond The Tragedy
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The Challenger Disaster 6-3-1986 ABC News 20/20:Countdown to Disaster
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Challenger Anniversary Resource Tape
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The Challenger Disaster: STS-51-L V.A.B Camera - CNN Audio
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The Challenger Disaster: 1-29-1986 Morning News Reports
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The Challenger Disaster: CNN Launch Coverage Revisited
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The Challenger Disaster: ABC World News Tonight 1-28-1986
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CNN @ 20: The Challenger Disaster
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The Challenger Disaster: STS-51-L R.S.O Camera
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The Challenger Disaster: ABC News Radio Coverage
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Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) First Flight: Space Shuttle STS-41-B (STS-10) Highlights 1984 NASA
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Ronald Erwin McNair, Ph.D.
Inducted in 1997, he was a scientist and astronaut.
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