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StoryCorps Atlanta: Eyes On The Stars, Remembering Ron McNair

FILE - This undated file photo provided by NASA shows astronaut Ronald E. McNair. McNair was one of seven crew members aboard the space shuttle Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986, when the vehicle exploded shortly after liftoff at the Kennedy Space Center. All seven members of the crew onboard perished.  (AP Photo/NASA, File)
FILE - This undated file photo provided by NASA shows astronaut Ronald E. McNair. McNair was one of seven crew members aboard the space shuttle Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986, when the vehicle exploded shortly after liftoff at the Kennedy Space Center. All seven members of the crew onboard perished. (AP Photo/NASA, File)
Credit NASA, File / Associated Press

For StoryCorps Atlanta we’re doing something a bit different today, we’re celebrating a milestone. It was 10 years ago this month that WABE partnered with StoryCorps Griot to record the voices, experiences and life stories of African-Americans here in Atlanta.

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Today, a look back to a story we recorded in 2007 about the young life of Ronald McNair. He was a physicist and NASA astronaut. He was killed aboard the space shuttle Challenger when it exploded in 1986.

In this recording, Carl McNair talks to his friend Vernon Skipper about his brother, Ron.

You can watch an animated version of this story, brought to you by StoryCorps, below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okF5UGpivR8

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