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The Life and Legacy of Ronald E. McNair (1986)

The MIT community remembers the life of the astronaut who died in the Challenger accident 

The MIT community remembers the life of the astronaut who died in the Challenger accident 

Twenty-five years ago, MIT and the nation mourned the loss of Ronald E. McNair PhD '76. During McNair's second flight in space, he lost his life along with six other astronauts when the space shuttle Challenger exploded on January 28, 1986. MIT dedicated Building 37, home to the Center for Space Research and part of the aeronautics and astronautics department, to McNair's memory. This video features that December 5, 1986 dedication ceremony and includes speakers Shirley A. Jackson PhD '73, MIT President Paul E. Gray '54, and Cheryl M. McNair, Ronald McNair's widow, who remember the many accomplishments of this extraordinary astronaut.

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