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Christa McAuliffe

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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.

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Astronaut Christa McAuliffe’s parents and sister watch the Space Shuttle Challenger explode January 28, 1986

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Remembering the Challenger Crew

The NASA family lost seven of its own on the morning of Jan. 28, 1986, when a booster engine failed, causing the Shuttle Challenger to break apart just 73 seconds after launch.

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Christa McAuliffe, (1948 - 1986) Teacher/astronaut, she died in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger

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Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith A. Resnik, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, Ronald E. McNair, Mike J. Smith, and Ellison S. Onizuka

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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)

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