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Stars." It tells the story of Ronald E. McNair, who was on board the Challenger and was the second African American to enter space. But first, he was a kid with big dreams in Lake City, South Carolina.
On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. On board was physicist Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African American to enter space. But first, he was a kid with big dreams in Lake City, South Carolina.
Ronald's story is part of StoryCorps Griot—an initiative to ensure that the voices, experiences, and life stories of African Americans will be preserved and presented with dignity.
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BLACK - AFRICAN AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS - past and present
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Bernard A. Harris, Jr.
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Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
... Charles Frank "Charlie" Bolden, Jr. is the current Administrator of NASA, a retired United States Marine Corps major general, and former NASA astronaut.
Frederick D. Gregory... Frederick Drew Gregory is a former NASA astronaut and former NASA Deputy Administrator. He also served briefly as NASA Acting Administrator in early 2005, covering the period between the departure of Sean O'Keefe and the swearing in of Michael Griffin.
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International Black Aerospace Council... The International Black Aerospace Council coordinates and develops activities of the world aerospace community to enhance outreach efforts pertaining to Blacks in aerospace career fields.
Jeanette J. Epps
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Leland D. Melvin
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