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Encore: Christa McAuliffe Remembered By Her Mother And A Special Film

Christa McAuliffe and Mother Grace Corrigan

Christa McAuliffe and Mother Grace Corrigan–Their Last Photo Together

UPDATE 1/28/19: Challenger Explosion: Christa McCauliffe’s Son to Make Rare Appearance

UPDATE 1/26/16: Challenger Disaster Anniversary Marked by McAuliffe Documentary Reception for Educators

UPDATE 5/26/15: Christa McAuliffe Charter School Student Wins Flag Pole Contest

UPDATE 1/28/14: 28 Years Ago: Remembering the Challenger Disaster

UPDATE 1/28/13:  Christa McAuliffe Day is celebrated every year on this day to remember the time in 1986 that seven lives including Christa’s were lost when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded.

By Stacey Gualandi/January 27, 2011

All photos courtesy: Christa McAuliffe: REACH FOR THE STARS

“I miss my daughter very much and I’m comforted to know that she lives on in this wonderful film.” Grace Corrigan

Loving wife. Dedicated mother. Devoted teacher. Role model.

Christa McAuliffe was all of these things. She came to symbolize limitless human potential as the first teacher in space. Friday marks the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, the shuttle mission that claimed the lives of Christa and 6 of her fellow astronauts when it exploded 73 seconds after take off in 1986. It shocked the world.

I, like so many, remember exactly where I was on that fateful day, watching this terrible event with my roommates in my college dorm at Miami University. Christa represented so much to so many. The woman who said “I touch the future. I teach” has never been forgotten…. [Read more…]