by Sophia Schiavo
~Christa McAuliffe was a high school teacher at Concord High School in New Hampshire.
~McAuliffe went into space on the Space Shuttle titled The Challenger
~Christa entered 'The Teacher in Space' contest because she wanted to teach her students about space, in space.
~Before Christa was an astronaut she was a history and civics teacher.
~McAuliffes maiden name in Corrigan.
~In August 1970 Christa Corrigan and Steve McAuliffe were married.
~Christa would be going on the Challenger with- Michael J. smith, Francis R. Scobee, Ronald E. McNair, Ellison S. Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, Judith A. Resnik, and herself, Sharon Christa Mcauliffe.
~NASA- National Aeronautics Space Administration
~Christa trained at Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas.
~In High School Christa went to Marian High School in Framingham, Massachusetts..
~Christa's college(s) were Framingham State College and Bowie State College.
~She also had to train at Johnson Space Center, to learn all the controls, how to fly and survive in space.
About the Shuttle
~The Challenger was built by Rockwell International in Downey California completed in 1978.
~The Challenger's maiden flight was on April 4, 1983.
~It completed nine missions breaking breaking apart.
~Christa's birthday is September 2, 1948.
~Her death date is January 28, 1986.
~Lift off was also the day that she died, January 28, 1986.
~Christa's place of birth is Boston, Massachusetts.
~Christa's place of death was in Orlando, Florida.
~One park named after Christa is located in Shingle Springs, California.
~Christa had to go through approximately a year and a half of training at Johnson Space Center to learn all the controls and gas functions.
~Christa was chosen from over 11,000 applicants and had many interviews before chosen.
~She would be training as part of the crew of the flight and was going to conduct experiments in space.
~Christa`s parents, Edward Christopher Corrigan and Grace Mary Corrigan would be going to liftoff.
`All of Christa`s siblings would be attending: Chistopher, Lisa, Steve, and Betsy.
~Barbara Morgan was chosen as her back up and trained with her.
~Christa McAuliffe has a crater in the moon named after her.
~She has several parks named after her including one in Shingle Springs, California.
~Many museums are named after her: McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, a science museum, is in Concord, New Hampshire.
~Liftoff of the challenger was January 18, 1986.
~Liftoff was in the morning at 9:38.
~The weather was unusually cold for Florida with temperatures falling below freezing.
January 28, 1986
Mission STS 51-L exploded 74 seconds into liftoff.
Ronald Reagan annouced the horrible news after the disaster.
Christa McAuliffe is a inspiration.