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McAuliffe’s dream was to carry out science projects while in orbit around the earth that were to be telecast live to school students across the United States. Her dream came to a sudden and tragic end that terrible day. Nevertheless, that ambition to educate from space remained an inspiration to many and, in her name and those of the Challenger crew, manifested itself in the establishment of hundreds of youth education programs and institutes of learning across America and around the world.
Teacher in Space is a remarkable story of renewed faith, cooperation, and hope for the future and of a dedicated and much-loved teacher who came to symbolize the best of human achievement.
“While Colin Burgess revisits the terrible events of January 1986 in his masterful book, he also offers a deserving tribute to the Challenger crew and in particular a dedicated, loving teacher named Christa McAuliffe.”—Col. Alfred M. Worden, USAF (Ret.), command module pilot, Apollo 15
“Christa McAuliffe was a wonderful human being, a beloved teacher, our forever first NASA Teacher in Space, and the perfect representative of our teaching profession. Thank you for honoring Christa by telling her story and sharing her inspiration with the world for generations to come.”—Barbara Morgan, McAuliffe’s Teacher in Space backup, NASA mission specialist, STS-118