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Christa McAuliffe
Original name: Sharon McAuliffe
Birth: Sep. 2, 1948
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jan. 28, 1986
Cape Canaveral
Brevard County
Florida, USA

Astronaut, Educator. She was a teacher, and was slated to be the first civilian in space, assigned to fly about the ill-fated space shuttle "USS Challenger". The image of her jaunty stride and exuberant wave as she entered Challenger spacecraft shortly before the ill-fated mission ended in tragedy has become an icon of the 20th century. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan, in an attempt to rekindle the excitement of the early days of America's space adventures, directed that the first ordinary Unites States citizen in space would be "one of America's finest, a teacher." The energetic Social Studies teacher from Concord High School, Concord, New Hampshire, noted on her eleven-page application, "I watched the Space Age being born and I would like to participate." In July 1985, Christa was selected over 11,500 other applicants to become the first Teacher In Space. As a payload specialist on the Challenger mission, she trained side by side with the other six Challenger astronauts. She prepared materials for the two lessons scheduled during the flight and planned to keep a journal, reminiscent of the journals kept by pioneer women crossing the 1800s frontier. Instead, millions of school children and adults watched horrified as the Challenger exploded only 73 seconds after lift-off. Christa's influence continues to touch the lives of school children and adults alike. The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, opened in 1990 in Concord, New Hampshire, carries on her vision of educating students of all ages about astronomy and space science: "I touch the future, I teach." (bio by: Shiver) 
 
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery
Concord
Merrimack County
New Hampshire, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 43.22356, -71.55553
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Christa McAuliffe
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- rosie mcnaughton
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
I have revisited this terrible disaster many times over the years, and always with the greatest sense of sadness and loss. Especially for you, because of who you were, so young and bright and full of courage and hope, but also because of all you represen...(Read more)
- Em
 Added: Sep. 10, 2014
Joan, You shined like a diamond in this business. You were needed by so many. The laugh factor is so important.We needed to laugh in this crazy world.You were Unique to the Max. Smart, strong, compassionate. Boy, will you be missed. Raise your glass wit...(Read more)
- jerry k
 Added: Sep. 7, 2014
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