Commemorating Christa McAuliffe

January 27. 2018 9:16PM
Gov. Chris Sununu has declared Sunday “Christa McAuliffe Day” in New Hampshire, commemorating the Concord High School teacher who became NASA's first Teacher in Space. McAuliffe died on Jan. 28, 1986, when the Challenger space shuttle exploded shortly after takeoff, killing all seven crew members. In the 32 years since, New Hampshire has remembered McAuliffe with scholarships, a planetarium/learning center and a Concord elementary school in her name. She is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Concord, where visitors leave flags, trinkets and apples for the teacher. (Shawne K. Wickham/Sunday News)

Christa McAuliffe stands at left with the rest of the Challenger STS-51L crew: Greg Jarvis, Judith Resnik, mission commander Richard Scobee, Ronald McNair, Michael Smith and Ellison Onizuka. (NASA)


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