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Video: Melanie Gonick; still images: NASA
Twenty-five years ago today, on Jan. 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing the seven crew members on board — including Ronald McNair PhD ’77.
In this video — filmed in the lobby of the Ronald McNair Building — Jeffrey Hoffman, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a former shuttle astronaut, reflects on McNair's life and legacy.
"My wish is that we would allow this planet to be the beautiful oasis that she is, and allow ourselves to live more in the peace that she generates." –Ronald McNair