Ronald McNair: Astronaut

Ronald McNair: Astronaut

by Corinne J. Naden
     
 

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A biography of the black astronaut who was part of the ill-fated Challenger space shuttle mission that exploded on take-off in January 1986. See more details below

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A biography of the black astronaut who was part of the ill-fated Challenger space shuttle mission that exploded on take-off in January 1986.

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Gr 5-7-- An inspirational biography of the second African-American astronaut, a victim of the Challenger disaster. Born in a small South Carolina town in 1950, McNair did not attend an unsegregated school until he went to college; nonetheless, he excelled academically, athletically, and even musically (on his first shuttle mission, he brought and played a small saxophone). Naden emphasizes the many educational and racial obstacles McNair overcame in graduating from college, earning a doctorate at MIT and beating thousands of competitors to be chosen for the space program. Although a teacher and lecturer, he was evidently reticent about himself; Naden seldom quotes him, relying instead on the comments of friends and co-workers to build a picture of his character. She fleshes out her narrative with a brief history of space travel; information about astronaut training; and a full, heartbreaking account of the Challenger' s last minutes. Illustrated with well-chosen black-and-white photos. --John Peters, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791011584
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/1993
Series:
Chelsea House Black Americans of Achievement Series
Pages:
124
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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