A Brother Remembers the Boy Who Grew Up to Be a Challenger Astronaut

The Atlantic

As a kid in the 1950s, Ronald McNair dreamed of going to space -- no matter what obstacles might stand in his way. His brother Carl recounts the story of how, as a nine year old, Ronald got into trouble trying to check out books from the library in his hometown of Lake City, South Carolina. The public library, Carl explains, "was not so public for black folks" in 1959. That didn't deter Ronald one bit, however. The anecdote comes to life in this short animation produced by the Rauch Brothers for StoryCorps, which collects and archives true stories across America. McNair went on to receive a Ph.D. in Physics from MIT and became an astronaut, going to space for the first time with the Challenger's STS-41-B mission. This short film commemorates the 27th anniversary of his tragic death in the Challenger STS-51-L disaster on January 28, 1986.



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