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Dr. Ronald E. McNair Playground

Lexington Ave. bet. E. 122 St. and 123 St.

Manhattan

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This park honors astronaut Dr. Ronald Erwin McNair (1950-1986) who died in the Challenger space shuttle tragedy on January 28, 1986.  Dr. McNair was a physicist, karate instructor, performing jazz saxophonist, husband, and father.

Born in Lake City, South Carolina on October 21, 1950, McNair graduated from North Carolina A&T State University and received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976.  NASA selected him as an astronaut candidate in 1978.  His first and only complete space mission began on February 3, 1984.  This was the first mission to use the space arm, which McNair operated.  His second mission lasted only 73 seconds, before the shuttle exploded in the upper atmosphere, above the Atlantic Ocean, killing all seven on board.

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Dr. Ronald E. McNair Playground Weather

  • Tue
    Showers Likely
    73°F
  • Wed
    Sunny
    74°F
  • Thu
    Mostly Sunny
    73°F
  • Fri
    Sunny
    69°F

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