In this 1985 photo, high school teacher Christa McAuliffe rides with her daughter Caroline during a parade down Main Street in Concord, N.H. McAuliffe was one of seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion on Jan. 28, 1986. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
CONCORD, NH – New Hampshire’s Governor has dedicated this past Sunday to the memory of a New Hampshire teacher who passed away during the Challenger disaster.
On Saturday Governor Chris Sununu proclaimed January 28th, 2018 as Christa McAuliffe Day in honor of the woman who was set to become the first teacher in space.
McAuliffe was selected out of 11,000 applicants to be the first educator in space in 1986. She had planned to do experiments with fluids and demonstrate Newton’s laws of motion for school children.
Unfortunately McAuliffee and her six crewmates never made it into space. The space shuttle Challenger exploded while taking off 32 years ago.
In his proclamation Gov. Sununu said “we are reminded of her purpose as an educator to open minds and put emphasis on exceptional learning in her own words “I touch the future, I teach” and these profound words continue to guide educational programs today”
There are many scholarships, learning centers, foundations, and charities created in McAuliffe’s name to help carry on her legacy.
Astronauts Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold recently said they will pay tribute to McAuliffe by carrying out her science classes on the International Space Station.