On the morning of January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after lifting off. All seven crew members were killed.
Ronald McNair was one of the astronauts aboard Challenger that day. A graduate of MIT who grew up in the small farming community of Lake City, South Carolina, McNair was only the second African-American to visit space.
His older brother, Carl, talked about how Ronald’s journey from the rural South to outer space began with an act of courage at the local public library.