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Kevin Cook's New Book Re-Examines The Life Of Christa McAuliffe

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Kevin Cook, the author of The Burning Blue: The Untold Story of Christa McAuliffe and NASA's Challenger Disaster. The space shuttle exploded after launch 35 years ago. SCOTT SIMON, HOST:. The explosion of the space shuttle Challenger was one of those where-were-you-when moments from history.

US Mint begins distributing coin commemorating Christa McAuliffe

Distribution began Wednesday for a commemorative coin honoring Christa McAuliffe, the Concord teacher killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. First Lady Jill Biden helped mark the occasion during a visit to the Concord school named after the beloved teacher. The coin is a reminder of all McAuliffe...
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First Lady Jill Biden to pay tribute to Christa McAuliffe during New Hampshire visit

CONCORD, N.H. — First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will visit the Christa McAuliffe School in Concord on Wednesday to pay tribute to the New Hampshire woman chosen 35 years ago to be America’s “Teacher in Space” and to emphasize that the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan signed into law by the president last week will provide funding for the reopening of schools.
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The Short but Remarkable Life of Christa McAuliffe

Sharon Christa McAuliffe, known as Crista by her friends and family, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 2, 1948. She dedicated her life to teaching, earning a dual Bachelor's degree in History and Education. This was followed by a Master's degree in Supervision, Education, and Administration. That led her to Concord High School in New Hampshire, where she became a social studies teacher in 1983.

Celebrating Women’s History Month: Christa McAuliffe

March is Women’s History Month, a time to study and appreciate impactful women across the country. Whether it’s a family member, a public figure you look up to, or a female trailblazer from history, this month is a great time to commemorate these amazing people and their influence on society.

35 Years Later, Impact of Christa McAuliffe Remains Strong in Framingham

On the campus of Framingham State University, it's hard not to notice Christa McAuliffe's positive impact. "Christa McAuliffe is still such a great presence, an important presence," said Irene Porro, the director of the Christa McAuliffe Center. Her presence is felt inside the center that bears her name. McAuliffe, who...
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35 years after Challenger tragedy, nation remembers Christa McAuliffe – the first US civilian to lift off

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Thirty-five years ago, the space shuttle Challenger exploded just over a minute after liftoff, killing all seven crewmembers, including New Hampshire schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. NASA leaders, retired launch directors, families of fallen astronauts and space fans marked the 35th anniversary on Thursday, vowing never to forget the...

35 years after Challenger tragedy, Christa McAuliffe inspires teachers

Thursday marks a sad anniversary: 35 years since the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff, killing its crew, including teacher Christa McAuliffe. Hoda Kotb spoke to some of McAuliffe’s former students about how she inspired them, and the TODAY anchors recall where they were when the tragedy occurred.
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Remembering Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger Disaster

Joyce Maynard on the Day She Spent with the Teacher-Turned-Astronaut. I was a seven-year-old second grader when NASA sent the first American astronaut into space. The entire student body of Oyster River Elementary School gathered in the cafeteria to watch the launch on the screen of a single black-and-white television set, wheeled in on a cart for the occasion. That day, 200 children counted down in unison. When the space capsule broke away from the launch pad, we cheered and threw erasers into the air.
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In 1985, Christa McAuliffe tells TODAY about being a Challenger crew member

Shortly after being announced as the first teacher to go into space, Christa McAuliffe appeared on TODAY in 1985. Speaking with Bryant Gumbel, McAuliffe described her disbelief at being part of the Challenger space shuttle crew and noted her desire to bring her own “wonder and that excitement” back to students. Asked about any fears, McAuliffe responded that “space flight today really seems safe.”
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Remembering Christa McAuliffe on the 35th anniversary of the Challenger explosion

Thirty-five years ago, the space shuttle Challenger exploded just over a minute after liftoff, killing all seven crewmembers, including New Hampshire schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, a native of Framingham, Massachusetts. On Jan. 28, 1986, the Challenger launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and exploded 73 seconds later due to an O-ring seal...
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The Legacy of Christa McAuliffe and N.H. Space Education

The Challenger disaster occurred 35 years ago, and while we mourn the entire crew, in New Hampshire the anniversary is especially poignant as we mourn the loss of Concord teacher Christa McAuliffe. We consider how her legacy has inspired a new generation of educators and a new era in space exploration. We shine a light on projects at the state’s universities and colleges that are helping NASA and expanding our knowledge of space.