Dr. Ronald McNair Park
Eastern Pkwy., Washington Ave., Classon Ave.
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Dr. Ronald Erwin McNair (1950-1986), the second African-American astronaut to travel into space, was a distinguished physicist and astronaut who perished in the space shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. He was born and raised in Lake City, South Carolina and received a doctorate in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976. After working as a physicist for Hughes Research Laboratories, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration chose him as a candidate for astronaut in 1978. In 1984, Dr. McNair made his first flight into space as a mission specialist on the space shuttle Challenger. His life was cut short on his next mission, when the Challenger exploded shortly after take-off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 28, 1986. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 2004.
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