Ronald Erwin McNair
Born: 21 October 1950, Lake City, South Carolina, United States
Died: 28 January 1986 (Challenger explosion)
Group: NASA Group 8 (16 January 1978)
|1||41-B||3 February 1984||7 days, 23 hours, 15 minutes, 55 seconds|
|Non-Qualifying Flights with Significance:|
|51-L||28 January 1986||73 seconds|
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.