Spirit of Ronald E. McNair - Astronaut is an intensely moving
story about one of the world's first African-American space shuttle
astronauts. Born and reared in a small town in South Carolina,
he did not let his humble beginnings or the color of his skin
stand between him and his goal of becoming an astronaut.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina Agricultural
and Technical State University, McNair went on to earn a Ph.D.
in laser physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT). In 1978, he was one of 35 astronaut candidates selected
from a pool of 11,000 applicants to become a member of NASA’s
elite space shuttle program. In February 1984, he first orbited
the Earth aboard the space shuttle, Challenger. In 1986, Dr. McNair
perished along with six fellow crewmembers aboard the ill-fated
Ron McNair is an American hero whose story serves as a model for
people from all walks of life. His story is one that must be passed
on from generation to generation.