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Ronald Erwin McNair Ronald Erwin McNair was a physicist and one of the first African American astronauts to go into space. He was also the first black astronaut to die on a space mission. McNair was born to Carl McNair, an auto body repairman, and Pearl McNair, a high school teacher, on October 21st, 1950 in Lake City, South Carolina. He grew up in Lake City picking cotton and tobacco until he graduated from Carver High School in 1967. Ronald Erwin McNair was born on October 21, 1950, in Lake City, South Carolina. The second of three young men destined to Carl, a repairman, and Pearl, an educator, McNair showed an early bent for specialized issues, earning him the name "Gizmo" McNair's enthusiasm for space was provoked by the dispatch of the Russian satellite Sputnik in 1957, and helped by the presence of Star Trek on TV years after the fact, its multi-ethnic cast pushing the limits of what was workable for a residential community African-American kid. An extraordinary all-around
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  • Fall '15
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  • Space Shuttle Challenger, Kennedy Space Center, STS-51-L, Ronald Erwin McNair

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