Timeline of the Story




1948: Sharon Christa Corrigan is born in Boston, Mass.

1970: Graduates from Framingham State College in Massachusetts; begins teaching career at Benjamin Foulois Junior High School in Morningside, Md.

1978: Earns master's degree in education at Bowie State College in Maryland; moves to New Hampshire, teaching American history at Rundlett Junior High School in Concord

1980: Begins teaching 9th grade social studies at Bow Memorial Middle School

1982: Begins teaching at Concord High School, where she develops a course entitled "The American Woman" in addition to teaching economics, law and American history

1985: Chosen as winner of the Teacher in Space program, out of more than 11,000 applicants; begins training at NASA facilities in Houston

1986: Space Shuttle Challenger disaster on January 28th claims the life of all nine crew members, including McAuliffe; Framingham State College establishes Christa McAuliffe Center for Education and Teaching Excellence "to continue the educational mission which was the life work of FSC's most notable graduate"

1988: The New Hampshire legislature approves a plan to build a planetarium as the state's official memorial

1990: Christa McAuliffe Planetarium opens in Concord

1993: McAuliffe's mother, Grace Corrigan, publishes "A Journal For Christa," a biography

2004: Awarded Congressional Space Medal of Honor by President George W. Bush. Christa's husband Steven James McAuliffe appointed Chief Justice of the New Hampshire District of the Federal Court

2006: Filmmakers Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges produce "Christa McAuliffe: Reach For The Stars," a documentary narrated by Susan Sarandon

2007: Barbara Morgan, McAulffe's backup in the Teacher in Space program, goes into space aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour

2009: Expansion project at Christa McAuliffe Planetarium completed. Facility transformed and renamed the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

2011: Mandatory retirement of NASA's Space Shuttle program, per the directives of President George W. Bush issued in the Vision for Space Exploration Program

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