クリスタ・マコーリフ - I cannot join the space program and restart my life as an astronaut, but this opportunity to connect my abilities as an educator with my interests in history and space is a unique opportunity to fulfill my early fantasies. — Christa McAuliffe, 1985
The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster: 28 January 1986. One for the shuttle crew members was Christa McAuliffe ~ the first teacher in space. Left to right: (front row) Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair; (back row) Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik. All crew members perished.
From first Latina in space, to head of the Johnson Space Center: Astronaut Ellen Lauri Ochoa, STS-56 mission specialist, takes a brief time out from a busy day in space to play a 15-minute set of flute offerings on the space shuttle Discovery’s aft flight deck. Ochoa, who has played the flute for 25 years, performed the Marine Corps Hymn, Navy Hymn and God Save the Queen for fellow crew members as well as some Vivaldi for herself. (Courtesy NASA)
June 18, 1983: Sally Ride Becomes First American Woman in Space On this day in 1983, at the age of 32, astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger. Her voyage came 20 years after Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space. After the voyage, Sally Ride received many honors for her contributions to the field of science and space exploration.
Christa McAuliffe (1948-1986) was an American teacher from Concord, New Hampshire, who was selected from 11,000 candidates to become the first Teacher/Civilian Specialist for the STS-S1-L mission. On January 28, 1986, just 73 seconds after launch, the Space Shuttle Challenger spacecraft disintegrated and she was one of the seven crew members killed in the disaster.