McAuliffe, Sharon Christa
1948 - Born on September 2nd in Boston, Massachusetts. American teacher who was chosen to be the first private citizen in space.
1954 - Moved to Framingham, Massachusets.
1966 - Graduated from Marian High School.
1970 - Christa Corrigan earned her B.A. from Framingham (Massachusetts) State College.
- She began a teaching career that impressed both her colleagues and her students with her energy and dedication.
- Married to Steve McAuliffe.
1976 - Son Scott McAuliffe is born.
1978 - She received her M.A. in education from Bowie (Maryland) State College (now University).
1979 - Daughter Caroline McAuliffe is born.
1984 - When some 10,000 applications were processed to determine who would be the first nonscientist in space, McAuliffe was selected.
1985 - The Teacher in Space Contest is announced. McAuliffe gets first place.
1986 - Problems dogged the ill-fated Challenger mission from the start: the launch had been postponed for several days, and the night before the launch, central Florida was hit by a severe cold front that left ice on the launchpad. The shuttle finally was launched at 11:38 AM on January 28th in-flight, off Cape Canaveral, Florida.
- The death of McAuliffe and her fellow crew members in the space shuttle Challenger disaster was deeply felt by the nation and had a strong effect on the U.S. space program.
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