- Ronald McNair
Ronald Ervin McNair NASA Astronaut Nationality American Status Killed during an important mission Born October 21, 1950
Lake City, South Carolina
Died January 28, 1986(aged 35)
Cape Canaveral, Florida
Other occupation Physicist Time in space 7d 23h 15m Selection 1978 NASA Group Missions STS-41-B, STS-51-L Mission insignia
In 1971 he received a bachelor's degree in engineering physics, magna cum laude, from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. McNair was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In 1976, he received his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under guidance of Prof. Michael Feld 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.
In 1978, McNair was selected as one of thirty-five applicants from a pool of ten thousand for the NASA astronaut program. He flew on STS-41-B aboard Challenger in February 1984, as a mission specialist becoming the second African American to fly in space. Following this mission, McNair was selected for STS-51-L, which launched on January 28, 1986, and was subsequently killed when Challenger disintegrated nine miles above the Atlantic Ocean just 73 seconds after liftoff.
Music in Space project
McNair was an accomplished saxophonist. Before his fateful last space shuttle mission he had worked with composer Jean Michel Jarre on a piece of music for Jarre's then-upcoming album Rendez-Vous. It was intended that he would record his saxophone solo on board the Challenger, which would have made McNair's solo the first original piece of music to have been recorded in space (although the song "Jingle Bells" had been played on a harmonica during an earlier Gemini 6 spaceflight.) However, the recording was never made as the flight ended in disaster leading to the deaths of its entire crew. The last of the Rendez-Vous pieces, (Last Rendez-Vous) had the additional name "Ron's Piece". Ron McNair was supposed to take part in the concert through a live feed.
A variety of public places and people have been renamed in honor of McNair.
- The crater McNair on the Moon is named in his honor.
- Watson Chapel Jr. High was renamed the R. McNair Jr. High School in his honor.
- Ronald McNair Boulevard in Lake City, South Carolina is named in his honor and lies near other streets named for astronauts who perished in the Challenger crash.
- The U.S. Department of Education offers the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program for students with low income, first generation students, and/or underrepresented students in graduate education for doctorate education.
- In Florence, South Carolina, there is a Ronald McNair Math and Science Center at the Francis Marion University.
- On January 29, 2011, the Lake City library was dedicated as the Ronald McNair Life History Center.
- Several K-12 schools have also been named after McNair.
- Ronald E. McNair Middle School in Lake City, South Carolina was renamed from Carver High School in his honor (he was a high school graduate of the facility).
- Dr. Ronald Ervin McNair Academic High School in Jersey City, New Jersey
- Ronald McNair Elementary School currently under construction in Greensboro, North Carolina
- Ronald McNair Elementary School in Germantown, Maryland
- Ronald Ervin McNair High School in Atlanta, Georgia
- Ronald McNair Middle School in Decatur, Georgia
- Ronald McNair Middle School in College Park, Georgia
- Ronald McNair Elementary School in University City, Missouri
- Ronald Ervin McNair Elementary School in Denton, Texas (Denton ISD)
- Ronald McNair Middle School in Rockledge, Florida
- Ronald E. McNair Elementary School in Dallas, Texas (Dallas ISD)
- Ronald E McNair Academic Center in [[Chicago, Illinos
- A building on the Willowridge High School campus in Houston, Texas is named in honor of Dr. McNair.
- There is a memorial in the Ronald McNair Park in Brooklyn, New York in his honor.
- The Ronald E. McNair Space Theater inside the Davis Planetarium in downtown Jackson, Mississippi is named in his honor.
- The Naval ROTC building on the campus of Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is named in his honor.
- The Engineering building at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC is named in his honor.
- The McNair Building at MIT houses the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research.
- The McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, which operates at 179 campuses in the U.S. (April 7), awards research money and internships to first-generation and otherwise underrepresented students in preparation for graduate work.
- McNair was portrayed by Joe Morton in the 1990 TV movie Challenger.
- The song, "A Drop Of Water," recorded by Japanese jazz artist Keiko Matsui, with vocals by the late Carl Anderson, was written in tribute to Dr. McNair.
- The Jean Michel Jarre track Last Rendez-Vous was retitled Ron's Piece in his honor. McNair was originally due to record the track in space aboard Challenger, and then perform it via a live link up in Jarre's Rendez-vous Houston concert.
- ^ a b c Smith, Bruce (2011-01-28). "Small SC town pauses to remember astronaut son". TheState.com. http://www.thestate.com/2011/01/28/1667741/small-sc-town-pauses-to-remember.html. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
- ^ NASA Biography
- ^ Synth History
- ^ Hague, Jim. "In a Class By Itself". Jersey City Magazine, Spring & Summer 2011. page 55
- ^ Ronald McNair Academy, accessed January 28, 2011.
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- McNair Foundation to encourage and mentor science, mathematics and technology students
- Spacefacts biography of Ronald McNair
- Ronald E. McNair Post – Baccalaureate Achievement Program
- Official NASA Bio
- Challenger Center bio
- Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
- StoryCorps: Astronaut's Brother Recalls A Man Who Dreamed Big
- Ronald McNair at Find a Grave
- Ronald McNair at Find a Grave
Congressional Space Medal of Honor
Michael P. Anderson† · Neil Armstrong · Frank Borman · David M. Brown† · Roger Chaffee† · Kalpana Chawla† · Laurel B. Clark† · Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr. · Robert Crippen · John Glenn · Virgil "Gus" Grissom† · Rick Husband† · Greg Jarvis† · James Lovell · Shannon Lucid · Christa McAuliffe† · Willie McCool† · Ronald McNair† · Ellison Onizuka† · Ilan Ramon† · Judith Resnik† · Dick Scobee† · Alan Shepard · William Shepherd · Michael Smith† · Thomas P. Stafford · Edward White† · John W. YoungNote: † indicates a posthumous award
STS-51-L Main articles Crew See also NASA Astronaut Group 8, "TFNG (Thirty-Five New Guys)", 1978 Pilots Mission specialistsGuion Bluford · James Buchli · John Fabian · Anna Fisher · Dale Gardner · S. David Griggs · Terry Hart · Steven Hawley · Jeffrey Hoffman · Shannon Lucid · Ronald McNair · Mike Mullane · George Nelson · Ellison Onizuka · Judith Resnik · Sally Ride · Rhea Seddon · Robert Stewart · Kathryn Sullivan · Norman Thagard · James van Hoften NASA Astronaut Groups · NASA Astronaut Corps
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