October 30, 1985 – Christa McAuliffe watches the Space Shuttle Challenger blast off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A few months later, she would perish on the very same shuttle in the Challenger disaster of 1986.
December 26, 1985 — Teacher-in-Space icon Christa McAuliffe (right) and her backup Barbara Morgan pose for a photo after training in a space shuttle mockup at Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. One month later, McAuliffe would die in the Challenger disaster. (NASA)