Sharon Christa McAuliffe
Born: 2 September 1948, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 28 January 1986 (Challenger explosion)
Group: NASA Teacher In Space Program (19 July 1985)
|Non-Qualifying Flights with Significance:|
|51-L||28 January 1986||73 seconds|
Christa McAuliffe, a teacher at Concord High School (New Hampshire), was selected in 1984 for the Teacher in Space Program. Because of her popularity and the attention she received, the Challenger 51-L flight created much excitement. Her death contributed significantly to the Challenger tragedy. Christa held a masters degree in education from Bowie State College, Bowie, Maryland. She was married with two children.