Dr. Ronald E. McNair, Challenger astronaut, born 1950
Dr. Ronald McNair, born October 21, 1950, was aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger when it exploded after launch January 28, 1986. It was his seecond trip into space, since he had flown on the Challenger in February 1984. He is the second African American and the first Baha'i in space.
He was also a saxophone player and was to play a solo during the Challenger mission but never got the chance. There is a moon crater named after him and he was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.