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!