Hawaii-born Ellison Onizuka became the first Asian-American astronaut with the Space Shuttle Discovery launch in 1985. As a child, he was an Eagle Scout and later participated in Air Force ROTC while studying aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Prior to joining NASA, Onizuka was a member of the U.S. Air Force serving as a test pilot and engineer. Onizuka was killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. His legacy lives on with streets, awards, and grants named in his honor.