Teacher in Space: Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger Legacy
Christa McAuliffe's name is deeply entrenched in American history as the teacher who died when the "Challenger" exploded in January 1986. Innovative ... Show synopsis Christa McAuliffe's name is deeply entrenched in American history as the teacher who died when the "Challenger" exploded in January 1986. Innovative and devoted to her profession, Christa brought to her own life and to her students the joy and excitement of learning, exploration, and accomplishment. Her integrity and love of life endeared her to people both before and during her NASA training. Honest, direct, and outspoken, she did not hesitate to speak out on behalf of the constituency she felt she had been selected to represent: American public schoolteachers and the children in their classrooms. It is important to know that Christa's dreams did not die with her. Following the disaster many foundations, institutions, and learning centers were set up to honor the Challenger crew. Craters on the moon and even asteroids have been named in their memory. "Teacher in Space" explores and celebrates Christa's life and legacy and suggests that her goals of involving and educating children are being fulfilled even today.