- NAME: Christa McAuliffe
- OCCUPATION: Educator
- BIRTH DATE: September 02, 1948
- DEATH DATE: January 28, 1986
- EDUCATION: Framingham State College, Bowie State College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Framingham, Massachusetts
- PLACE OF DEATH: Orlando, Florida
- Originally: Sharon Christa Corrigan
- AKA: Sharon Corrigan
- AKA: Christa McAuliffe
- AKA: S. Christa Corrigan
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High school teacher Christa McAuliffe was the first American civilian selected to go into space. She died in the space shuttle Challenger’s explosion in 1986.
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After her death, this courageous educator received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. As a tribute to her memory, a planetarium in Concord has been named after her as well as an asteroid and a crater on the moon. The Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center at Framingham State College was established to support teachers and offers science and mathematics programs.
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