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Sununu declares Jan. 28 Christa McAuliffe Day

  • Christa McAuliffe tries out the commander’s seat of a shuttle simulator Sept. 13, 1985. AP file

  • FILE - In this Sept. 30, 1985 file photo, Christa McAuliffe, the space teacher from Concord, N.H., prepares to put on an oxygen mask for an orientation flight aboard one of the T-28 NASA training planes in Houston, Texas. Thirty-two years after the Challenger disaster, a pair of teachers turned astronauts on the International Space Station will pay tribute to McAuliffe by carrying out her science classes. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky, File) Ed Kolenovsky

  • FILE - In this Jan. 28, 1986 file photo, four crew members of the space shuttle Challenger walk from their quarters at Kennedy Space Center in Floirda, en route to the launch pad. From foreground are pilot Mike Smith, school teacher Christa McAuliffe, mission specialist Ellison Onizuka and payload specialist Gregory Jarvis. Thirty-two years after the Challenger disaster, a pair of teachers turned astronauts on the International Space Station will pay tribute to McAuliffe by carrying out her science classes. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) STEVE HELBER

  • In this 1985 photo, high school teacher Christa McAuliffe rides with her daughter Caroline during a parade down Main Street in Concord, N.H. McAuliffe was one of seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion on Jan. 28, 1986. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) Jim Cole

  • High school teacher Christa McAuliffe gives a thumbs-up during a parade down Main Street in Concord in 1985. AP file


Monitor staff
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Gov. Chris Sununu has set aside Sunday as a special day of recognition in memory of a former Concord teacher who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion.

The day will be known as “Christa McAuliffe Day” and it marks the 32nd anniversary of the disaster, which ended the lives of seven astronauts, including McAuliffe, who was chosen by NASA to pioneer its Teacher in Space program. McAuliffe was the first teacher chosen out of approximately 11,000 applicants, according to a proclamation from the governor’s office.

Sununu wrote that on this day the community is reminded of McAuliffe’s “purpose as an educator to open minds and put emphasis on exceptional learning, in her own words, ‘I touch the future, I teach,’ and these profound words continue to guide educational programs today.”

Additionally, he said, McAuliffe’s lessons live on through the Christa McAuliffe Elementary School and the McAuliffe-Shepard Learning Center, both in Concord.

The Challenger exploded just 73 seconds after liftoff exactly 32 years ago, Jan. 28, 1986, tragically ending the spacecraft’s 10th mission.