Celebrate a Physicist Who Died in the Challenger Disaster

Erin McCarthy
StoryCorps / StoryCorps

Twenty-seven years ago today, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven people on board—including physicist Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African American to enter space.

StoryCorps—an oral history project that records and archives stories from people around the country—sat down with McNair's brother, Carl, to remember him. From that conversation came the animated short "Eyes on the Stars," about a situation McNair found himself in while growing up in Lake City, South Carolina.

StoryCorps has recorded more than 45,000 stories with nearly 90,000 participants. You can check out more of their animated shorts here