History Teacher Making History: Christa McAuliffe ( 1948 September 2nd)


American astronaut chosen for the STS-51-L mission from among 11,000 applications. She was scheduled to become NASA’s first teacher in space, but was tragically killed in 1986 when the Challenger exploded.


CHRISTA McAULIFFE ON KRNN, 9/02:  A professional teacher and crew member on the ill-fated Challenger space shuttle, Christa McAuliffe, was born on this date in 1948.  Please join us in honoring first teacher astronaut on Crosscurrents, 9/02, at 8am.

She started her career as an American history teacher at a middle school in Maryland.

She was posthumously granted the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 2004.


After being chosen to be the first teacher in space, she was a guest on several television programs, including Good Morning America; the CBS Morning News; the Today Show; and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, where, when asked about the mission, she stated, “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.” She had an immediate rapport with the media, and the Teacher in Space Project received popular attention as a result.

#”I touch the future. I teach.”

#”Reach for it. Push yourself as far as you can.””Reach for the stars.”

“I really don’t want to say goodbye to any of you people.”

#”If anything, the overriding emotion is gonna just be excitement.”

“I have the LIFE magazine of the men walking on the moon.”

“Space is going to be commonplace.”

#I have a vision of the world as a global village, a world without boundaries.

#You have to dream. We all have to dream. Dreaming is OK. Imagine me teaching from space, all over the world, touching so many peoples lives. Thats a teachers dream

 Imagine a history teacher making history!

Space is for everybody. It’s not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts. That’s our new frontier out there, and it’s everybody’s business to know about space.

#May your future be limited only by your dreams!

#What are we doing here? We’re reaching for the stars!

4 thoughts on “History Teacher Making History: Christa McAuliffe ( 1948 September 2nd)

  1. Oddly enough, I was watching something about the space programme and the Challenger tragedy the other week. She certainly was an inspiration; you can’t help wondering what she would have achieved. Really sad.


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