Christa McAuliffe's parents and sister watch the Space Shuttle Challenger lift off on January 28, 1986. This is the moment they heard the words; "LIFT OFF!" Christa McAuliffe's sister, Lisa Bristol, is reacting here with tears of joy. Her father is hugging her mom and trying to warm her in the cold weather.
Astronaut Christa McAuliffe in the '80s. She was going to be the first teacher in space but the shuttle broke apart 73 seconds after launch. She was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
Perry Brown (@madebackthen) on Instagram: “Pre-launch decal promoting Christa McAuliffe as the first civillian teacher to "travel into space"…”
Christa McAuliffe was born September 2, 1948, in Framingham, MA. A high school history teacher, she was the first American civilian selected to go into space in 1985. After being selected by NASA in 1985, she trained at the Johnson Space Center. On January 28, 1986, she boarded the space shuttle Challenger. The space shuttle exploded shortly after liftoff, killing everyone on board.