Through his research, Dr. McNair performed some of the earliest development of chemical HF/DF and high-pressure CO lasers. His later experiments and theoretical analysis on the interaction of intense CO2 laser radiation with molecular gases provided new understandings and applications for highly excited polyatomic molecules.
Then on January 28, 1986, he, along with several other crew members, perished with the space shuttle Challenger during launch.
On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, the school named after the pioneer astronaut was invaded with violence by 20-year-old suspect Michael Brandon Hill.
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