Do you remember where you were when the shuttle exploded? I do, I was in high school. It was one of the first national tragedies that happened during my lifetime when I actually cried. Sadly it was not the last. The great thing about Storycorps videos is that there are some very sad stories, like about 9/11, but there is a sincerity and sweetness to them. This video is from the conversation of Dr. McNair’s brother and you can hear in his voice that although he is very sad for what happened to his brother, you can also hear the pride in knowing that his brother died doing what he loved to do.
Eyes on the Stars – On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. On board was physicist Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African American to enter space. But first, he was a kid with big dreams in Lake City, South Carolina.