Friday, February 22, 2013

Keep Your Eyes on the Stars.

Ronald McNair grew up in Lake City, South Carolina - and at a time in which are Nation was suffering from its greatest civil unrest.

All Ronald ever wanted to be growing up, was an astronaut—which was probably the basis for many a school boy dream.

In 1984, he realized that school boy dream when, as a physicist, he became a crew member for the Challenger STS-41-B mission.

On January 28, 1986 (a day I will never forget), Ronald and the entire crew of a later Challenger mission (STS-51-L) perished when the shuttle exploded just seconds after take off.

This is a one of the many stories shared to us by Ronald's brother, Carl. He laughs as he retells a story of a 9 year old boy who refused to leave a "Whites Only" Library until it was that he could check out his books.

Those were Ronald's very first science books—and spoiler alert, he got everything that he ever dreamed of, and more.

Enjoy, and let us always be reminded how even the tiniest of hearts can effect the greatest changes of all.