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