Monday, February 11, 2013

Video: A future astronaut dreams of the stars

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On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded just over a minute after takeoff.  On board was physicist Ronald E. McNair, only the second African-American to enter space. 

Exactly 25 years later, the public library in Ronald's home town of Lake City, South Carolina was renamed "The Ronald E. McNair Life History Center" In this animated video from Storycorps , you will discover why. Video time: 3 minutes 17 seconds. Activity time: 15 to 30 minutes.


Task:  Say if these sentences are true or false.

1     Ronald asked his mother if he could go to the public library
2     This was in 1959 and he was nine years old
3     "Coloured" people weren't allowed in the library
4     Ronald was afraid when the police were called.
5     The police were very aggressive.
6     Finally, Ronald was allowed to check out the books.
7     Ronald was disappointed that the "Star Trek" series only showed white astronauts.
8     For him, Star Trek was just science fiction.
9     His brother Carl didn't believe Ronald could become an astronaut.
10   Ronald later flew on the Starship Enterprise


Go to the video here.

Check your answers here.

For more information about Ronald E. McNair, go here.






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