Blast Off: A Look at Blacks Who Made History in Outer Space

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  • 020514 national blacks space Mandla Maseko
  • 020514 national blacks space Guion bluford
  • 020514 national blacks space ronald mcnair
  • 020514 national blacks space mae jemison
  • 020514 national blacks space stephanie wilson
  • 020514 national blacks space joan higginbotham
  • 020514 national blacks space frederick gregory
  • 020514 national blacks space charles bolden
  • 020514 national blacks space bernard harris
  • 020514 national blacks space leland melvin
  • 020514 national blacks space bobby satcher

Ronald McNair

Physicist Ronald McNair was the second African-American astronaut to travel to space in February 1984. But on the following mission, he lost his life aboard NASA’s second Challenger spacecraft when it exploded a mere 73 seconds into flight. Beyoncé sparked controversy last year when she used audio from the crashed mission on her album. 

(Photo: NASA/Space Frontiers/Getty Images)

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