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Honoring the 25th Anniversary of the Challenger Mission


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This presentation was created to celebrate and honor the 25th Anniversary of the Challenger Mission/Tragedy January 28, 1986. Many of the training photos of Christa are used courtesy of NASA. For more information, contact Colleen Previte - Archivist - Framingham State University

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Honoring the 25th Anniversary of the Challenger Mission

  1. 1. On the 25th Anniversary of theChallenger Mission – STS-51L January 28, 1986
  2. 2. On July 19, 1985 VicePresident George Bushannounced that SharonChrista McAuliffe hadbeen chosen out of11,500 applicants torepresent the U.S. asthe first Citizen inSpace, in what NASAcalled the “Teacher inSpace Program”. Fromthat point on Americafell in love withChrista and were eagerto take the ultimatefield trip into spacewith her!
  3. 3. July 21, 1985Metrowest DailyNews
  4. 4. Christa McAuliffeworked atConcord HighSchool from 1982-1985. She taughtcourses ineconomics, law,American history,and a course shedeveloped entitled“The AmericanWoman,” 10th,11th, and 12thgrade.
  5. 5. October 1985 Johnson Space Center Houston, TexasSTS 51-L Training --- AstronautFrancis R. Scobee, 51-L Commander,briefs Payload Specialist SharonChrista McAuliffe about some of theflight systems of the space Shuttleduring a training session in theJohnson Space Center’s ShuttleMission Simulator (SMS). McAuliffeis a teacher from Concord, NewHampshire, selected earlier this yearto be America’s first citizen/observerin space. The photograph was takenby Michael O’Brien of Life Magazine.NASA – National Aeronautics andSpace Administration Photo
  6. 6. January 1986 Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas (Release date)STS 51-L Training --- Sharon ChristaMcAuliffe, 51-L payload specialistrepresenting the Teacher in SpaceProject, descends from a mockup of theShuttle using a Sky-genie deviceduring an emergency training sessionin the Johnson Space Center’s mockupand integration laboratory. The photowas taken by Keith Meyers of the NewYork Times.Photo NASA – National Aeronauticsand Space Administration
  7. 7. Official CrewMembers STS-51LFront Row left toright: Pilot: MichaelJ. Smith,Commander:Francis R. Scobee,Mission Specialist:Ronald E. McNair.Back Row: MissionSpecialist EllisonOnizuka, PayloadSpecialists: ChristaMcAuliffe, GregoryP. Jarvis, MissionSpecialist: Judith A.Resnik
  8. 8. December 1985 Johnson Space Center Houston, TexasSTS 51-L Teacher andBackup --- Sharon ChristaMcAuliffe (left), fromConcord, New Hampshire,and Barbara R. Morgan ofMcCall, Idaho, have beennamed NASA Teacher inSpace Project prime andbackup payloadspecialists, respectively,for the first citizenobserver position of theSTS program, scheduledfor a Challenger flight inJanuary 1986.NASA – NationalAeronautics and SpaceAdministration Photo Barbara Morgan’s dream of successfully reaching space in 2007 on STS-134 Space Shuttle Endeavour Mission.
  9. 9. January 28, 1986 Kennedy Space Center, FloridaSTS 51-L Breakfast --- Crew membersof Space Shuttle mission 51-L are seatedfor breakfast launch morning in theOperations and Checkout Buildingprior to liftoff of the orbiter Challengerscheduled for 9:22 a.m. The launch wasscheduled for January 27, 1986 but wasdelayed 24 hours due to unacceptablecross winds.Crew members are left to right: MissionSpecialist Ellison Onizuka; PayloadSpecialist Christa McAuliffe; PilotMichael J. Smith; Commander FrancisR. Scobee; Mission Specialist Judith A.Resnik; Mission Specialist Ronald E.McNair; and Payload SpecialistGregory P. Jarvis.NASA – National Aeronautics and SpaceAdministration Photo
  10. 10. January 28, 1986 Kennedy Space Center, FloridaSTS 51-L Walk-Out --- Crew members of SpaceShuttle Mission 51-L walk out of the Operationsand Checkout Building on their way to Pad-39Bwhere they will board the orbiter Challenger.The seven member crew along with the Trackingand Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) is scheduled forliftoff at 9:38am. This will be the first launchfrom Pad B in over ten years. The launch wasscheduled for January 27, 1986 but was delay 24hours due to unacceptable cross winds.Crew members from front to back are:Commander Francis R. Scobee; MissionSpecialists Judith A. Resnik and Ronald E.McNair; Pilot Michael J. Smith; PayloadSpecialist Christa McAuliffe; Mission SpecialistEllison Onizuka; and Payload Specialist GregoryP. Jarvis.NASA – National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPhoto
  11. 11. January 28, 1986 Kennedy Space Center, FloridaSTS 51-L Launch View --- Thespace Shuttle Challenger liftedoff from Pad 39B January 28, 1986at 11:38am EST with a crew ofseven astronauts and theTracking and Data Relay Satellite(TDRS). An accident 73 secondsafter liftoff claimed both crewand vehicle.NASA – National Aeronautics andSpace Administration Photo
  12. 12. January 31, 1986Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas51-L Memorial Services ---President Ronald Reagan tells alarge turnout of JSC employeesand family and friends of the51-L crewmembers about theiraccomplishments and sacrificesduring memorial services heldfour days following theChallenger accident at KSC.“They slipped the surly bondsof earth to touch the face ofGod,” the Chief Executive toldthe thousands gathered on thecentral mall at JSC.Photo NASA – National Aeronauticsand Space Administration
  13. 13. Honor Guard forChrista – A militaryhonor guard standsat attention asbearers carry theremains of teacherand astronautChrista McAuliffeto be prepared forburial. FuneralServices for theformer Framinghamresident wereprivate.
  14. 14. The primary purpose of the ChristaMcAuliffe Center is to support teachersin their work. We do this by offeringexciting science and mathprograms designed for both studentsand teachers, all closely based on theMassachusetts Science andTechnology/Engineering CurriculumFrameworks.Some of these programs are createdonsite to fulfill educational needs specificto Massachusetts educators. Others arepart of networks that impact hundreds ofthousands of students and teachersacross the US, Canada, and the UK.The Christa McAuliffe Center wasestablished on the campus ofFramingham State University to continuethe educational mission which was the For More information:life work of FSUs most notable graduate, Christa Corrigan McAuliffe.
  15. 15. The materials in the Christa Corrigan McAuliffeCollection document the extensive coverage of theTeacher in Space program established by NASA, aswell as materials relating to the educational missioninspired by Christa Corrigan McAuliffe. Thecollection includes a sampling of Christa’s personalpapers and memorabilia. The majority of theMcAuliffe Collection includes media coverage of theChallenger mission, tributes and memorials to Christaand Challenger, and schools and scholarshipsestablished in her name. The bulk of the collectiondates from 1986 to the present.The Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Collection was donated to theHenry Whittemore Library at Framingham State University inJanuary 2000 by Grace Corrigan, Christa’s mother.For more information on the Christa CorriganMcAuliffe Archival Collections feel free to contact:Colleen Previte – Archivist/Special CollectionsLibrarian or Portrait of Christa McAuliffe bycollections/christa-mcauliffe.html artist Mel Bolden