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McAuliffe, Sharon Christa

Born: 1948 AD
Died: 1986 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Astronauts, Teacher

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.