Christa McAuliffe
by Sophia Schiavo

Period 9


~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 Astronaut

~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.

Important Dates

~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.

Important Places

~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.

Before Liftoff

~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.

Important people

~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.

Lift off

~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.

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