21 Facts About Christa McAuliffe

1. Christa McAuliffe was a high school teacher from Concord, New Hampshire who died with six other astronauts in the 1986 explosion of the US space shuttle Challenger.

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2. Christa McAuliffe took Hickey and fellow students to courtrooms and conducted mock trials in class.

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3. On July 19, 1985 Christa Corrigan Christa McAuliffe was selected from a field of 10,000 candidates to be America's first teacher-astronaut.

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4. Christa McAuliffe was a frequent guest at the Scobee house; "We talked about our students, teaching, and simulation activities and why experiences outside textbooks were so important.

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5. Christa McAuliffe beat out about 11,000 other applicants for the Teacher in Space program.

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6. Christa McAuliffe was a frequent guest at the Scobee house; \"We talked about our students, teaching, and simulation activities and why experiences outside textbooks were so important.

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7. Christa McAuliffe is buried in a Concord cemetery, on a hillside not far from the planetarium built in her honor.

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8. Christa McAuliffe was born September 2, 1948 to Edward and Grace Corrigan, and grew up being very excited about the space program.

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9. Christa McAuliffe was born on September 2, 1948, in Boston, Massachusetts.

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10. At the time of her death, Christa McAuliffe was the wife of Steven McAuliffe and the mother of two children: Scott and Caroline.

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11. Christa McAuliffe was one of 114 selected from the initial applicants.

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12. Christa McAuliffe graduated from Marian High School in Framingham, Massachusetts in 1966 and then enrolled as a student at Framingham State College.

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13. Christa McAuliffe would monitor an experiment in hydroponics.

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14. Christa McAuliffe learned how to capture clear, sharp, detailed photographs from space with a personal camera.

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15. Christa McAuliffe selected her own meals from an assortment of space food.

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16. Christa McAuliffe learned to operate galley equipment, and even how to accomplish bathroom operations in outer space.

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17. Christa McAuliffe survived the cut and went to Washington, DC to proceed with the selection process before the National Review Panel.

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18. Christa McAuliffe was an extraordinary teacher with a dream of being a passenger on the space shuttle, so when NASA announced a contest to take a teacher into space, she jumped at the chance and applied.

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19. Around this time, Christa McAuliffe began her career as an educator, teaching American history and English to junior high school students in Maryland.

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20. Christa McAuliffe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 2, 1948.

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21. Christa McAuliffe was one of two teachers nominated by the state of New Hampshire.

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