Ronald McNair

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ASTRONAUT RONALD MCNAIR HOLDS HIS TWO-YEAR-OLD SON, REGGIE, IN THIS PHOTO FROM FILES TAKEN FEB. 11, 1984 JUST AFTER MCNAIR HAD RETURNED FROM A SPACE SHUTTLE MISSION ABOARD CHALLENGER. MCNAIR WAS KILLED TUESDAY WHEN CHALLENGER EXPLODED SHORTLY AFTER LIFT-OFF. (AP) (Tribune File photo, NASA Astronaut, Family, Black, Space Travel, Challenger Explosion, Accident, Death)

RONALD MCNAIR (10/21/50 – 1/28/1986)I remember the day he died in 1986. My stepdad was like it was a set up it was a conspiracy. Looking back I could say that he should never have been on a maiden voyage of a spaceship. It’s like sending a king to fight on the front lines. But to add insult to injury his name was shrouded under the teacher who was glorified in the news as the first teacher in space but deemed the hero of the flight. I wish he would never have gone up! But now he abides in the pages of history as a man among men and a legend.

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