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Christa McAuliffe

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Birthday
2, 1948
Birthplace
Boston, MA
Death Date
Jan 28, 1986 (37)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
2, 1948
Birthplace
Boston, MA
Death Date
Jan 28, 1986 (37)

About

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. 

Before Fame

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

Trivia

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

Family Life

She had two children with husband Steven McAuliffe.

Associated With

She cited astronaut John Glenn as one of her personal inspirations.