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Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial Site: Notable Deaths & Obituaries

The most viewed memorials & obituaries in the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial Site.

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Christa McAuliffe was born Sharon Christa Corrigan in Boston in 1948. Growing up in the 1950s and '60s, she was inspired by the achievements in space exploration, and knew she wanted to travel to outer space someday. After graduating from college in 1970, she became a social studies teacher and married her high school sweetheart Steven McAuliffe. The couple had two children, Scott and Caroline, who were 9 and 6 years old at the time of their mother's death. In July 1985, McAuliffe was...
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On January 28, 1986 at 11:38 a.m., the Space Shuttle Challenger , with a crew that included a social studies teacher, lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Just 73 seconds later, as people across America watched, Challenger disintegrated. All seven crew members were killed: Commander Dick Scobee, Pilot Mike Smith, Mission Specialist 1 Ellison Onizuka, Mission Specialist 2 Judy Resnik, Mission Specialist 3 Ron McNair, Payload Specialist 1 Christa McAuliffe, and Payload Specialist 2 Greg...
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Growing up in Akron, Ohio, Judith Arlene Resnik attended Hebrew school and played classical piano. As a high school student, she excelled in mathematics and achieved a perfect score on her SAT. Resnik went on to earn both a B.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering. In 1978, she was recruited into the astronaut program by NASA recruiter and Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols. Resnik became the second American woman and first Jewish woman in space in August 1984 when she served as Mission...
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Ron McNair Obituary (AP News)

South Carolina native Ronald Ervin McNair was a...

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Greg Jarvis Obituary (AP News)

Born in Detroit, Gregory Bruce Jarvis graduated...

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Dick Scobee Obituary (AP News)

Francis Richard "Dick" Scobee was born in...

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Ellison Onizuka Obituary (AP News)

Growing up in Hawaii, Ellison Shoji Onizuka...

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Michael Smith Obituary (AP News)

A native of North Carolina, Michael J. Smith...

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