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'Ordinary people can make extraordinary contributions'

Last modified: 1/28/2011 12:00:00 AM
Following is a statement released by Steve McAuliffe, the widower of Christa McAuliffe, on the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster:

That people across the country steadfastly remember the crew members of Challenger is both comforting and inspirational to our family. Scott, Caroline and I very much appreciate the kind thoughts and continuous support we have received over the years.

Christa confidently and joyfully embraced life, no less than her friends and colleagues on Challenger, and no less than the crews of Columbia, Apollo 1, and all of those people who courageously follow their own paths every day.

I know Christa would say that that is the most precious lesson - ordinary people can make extraordinary contributions when they remain true to themselves and enthusiastically pursue their own dreams wherever they may lead.

Our family knows that generations of students and teachers will continue to share her love of learning and love of life, and will do great things for our world. We believe Christa would be especially pleased by, and proud of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and its mission. The Challenger Center honors each crew member's devotion to learning and exploration, touching the lives of over 400,000 students and 40,000 teachers each year. In that way, the Challenger Center continues the teaching mission of all the crew members of STS-51-L.


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