In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff. #todayinhistory The disaster took the lives of the seven astronauts onboard, including Christa McAuliffe, who would have been the first school teacher in space.
The 1986 disaster took the lives of seven astronauts, including the most high profile crew member, 37-year-old teacher Christa McAuliffe of Concord, New Hampshire, who won a spot through NASA’s Teacher in Space program.
In 2019, I worked to pass the Christa McAuliffe Coin Act into law. This new law will mint a $1 silver coin – at no cost to US taxpayer – in honor of teacher and astronaut Christa McAulifee. All proceeds will benefit FIRST Robotics programs. #MI06 MORE:
#Remembering astronaut and teacher Christa McAuliffe on her #birthday . She was a teacher for 15 years before she was chosen as the primary candidate for NASA Teacher in Space Project. She perished in the 1986 Challenger accident along with the rest of the STS 51-L crew.
WATCH: 33 years ago today, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center; all 7 crew members were killed, including Christa McAuliffe, who won a nationwide competition to become the first teacher -- and "private citizen" -- in space.
#Challenger crew included Christa McAuliffe, who was slated to be the 1st teacher in space: