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Ronald Erwin McNair

Born: 21 October 1950, Lake City, South Carolina, United States

Nationality: American

Died: 28 January 1986 (Challenger explosion)

Group: NASA Group 8 (16 January 1978)

Status: Deceased


FAI Flights:
141-B3 February 19847 days, 23 hours, 15 minutes, 55 seconds


Non-Qualifying Flights with Significance:
51-L 28 January 1986 73 seconds

  BS (Physics), North Carolina A&T State University, 1971
  Ph.D (Physics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976

McNair was a mission specialist on 51-L. He had a doctorate in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also held honorary doctorates from North Carolina A&T State University (Laws), Morris College (Science), and University of South Carolina (Science). McNair held a 5th degree black belt in karate and won five regional black belt karate championships. He left a wife and two children.


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