Ronald E. McNair with fellow Challenger crew members, 1986

Ronald E. McNair with fellow Challenger crew members, 1986
Source: NASA [S85-44253]

STS-51L mission Space Shuttle Challenger crew members: (left to right, front row) astronauts Michael J. Smith, Francis R. Scobee and Ronald E. McNair PhD '76; and (left to right, second row) Ellison S. Onizuka, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis and Judith A. Resnik, 1986.

Ronald "Ron" Erwin McNair PhD '77 studied physics under professor Michael Feld. McNair became the second African-American NASA astronaut to make a flight to outer space. He was Mission Specialist for Space Shuttle "Challenger" in February 1984. On January 28, 1986, McNair and eight other astronauts lost their lives in the space shuttle Challenger, following an explosion during the launch phase of the STS-51L mission. MIT renamed a campus building in McNair's honor.

Timeline: 1980s
School: School of Science
Department: Physics
Life: Omega Psi Phi
Career: ScienceTechnologyTransportation
Object: Photograph
Collection: Integration and Differentiation 1969-1994, Michael Feld, NASA, Ronald E. McNair