Christa McAuliffe was an American high school teacher best remembered for being one of the seven crew members who tragically lost their lives in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster (STS-51-L) of 1986. She was posthumously honored with NASA's highest award the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 2004.
She was the daughter of Grace and Edward Corrigan. She grew up with four younger siblings. In 1970, she got married to Steven J McAuliffe and bore him two children. The couple remained married until her tragic death in 1986.
She was portrayed by actress Karen Allen in the 1990 disaster film Challenger.
In 1985, she was chosen out of over 11,000 applicants who applied for NASA’ program Teacher in Space Project (TISP) to become the first teacher to fly into space.
I touch the future. I teach.Christa McAuliffe
If I can get some student interested in science, if I can show members of the general public what's going on up there in the space program, then my job's been done.Christa McAuliffe
NASA was going to pick a public school teacher to go into space, observe and make a journal about the space flight, and I am a teacher who always dreamed of going up into space.Christa McAuliffe
The president felt that it was important to send an ordinary citizen to experience the excitement of space travel as a representative for all Americans.Christa McAuliffe
was a famous American educator and astronaut,
who was born on
September 2, 1948. As a person born on this date, Christa McAuliffe is listed in our database as the 16th
most popular celebrity for the day (September 2) and the 66th most popular for the year (1948).
People born on September 2
fall under the Zodiac sign of Virgo, the Virgin.
Christa McAuliffe is the 567th most popular Virgo.
Aside from information specific to Christa McAuliffe's birthday, Christa McAuliffe is the 3769th most famous American and ranks 37th in famous people born in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
In general, Christa McAuliffe ranks as the 6846th
most popular famous person, and the 14th most popular astronaut of all time.
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