Remember teacher Christa McAuliffe, the first American civilian selected to go to space, who died in the Challenger space shuttle explosion, on Biography.com.
Christa McAuliffe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 2, 1948. A high school teacher, she became the first American civilian selected to go into space in 1985. After being selected by NASA in 1985, she trained at the Johnson Space Center. On January 28, 1986, McAuliffe boarded the Challenger space shuttle in Orlando, Florida. The shuttle exploded shortly after lift-off, killing everyone on board.
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