Astronaut Ronald McNair, who died in the Challenger explosion, was born in South Carolina but eventually claimed his father’s Harlem neighborhood as his home.
Thursday is the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, which was captured on live television. McNair and the six other passengers on board — Christa McAuliffe, Michael Smith, Francis Scobee, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis and Judith Resnick — perished as the shuttle burst into pieces. Nationwide, those lives lost will be remembered in many different ceremonies, and McNair’s older brother, Carl S. McNair, can hardly believe that his brother is still being memorialized.
“We always had a presence there,” Carl S. McNair, told the Daily News. “Our father was there — lots of family and friends we’d only see when we were there. New York was the base.”
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