In Remembrance

 

(Back Row) Mission Specialist Ellison S. Onizuka, Teacher-in-Space participant Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist Greg Jarvis and Mission Specialist Judy Resnick. (Front Row) Pilot Mike Smith, Commander Dick Scobee and Mission Specialist Ron McNair. (Photo by NASA)

(Back Row) Mission Specialist Ellison S. Onizuka, Teacher-in-Space participant Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist Greg Jarvis and Mission Specialist Judy Resnick. (Front Row) Pilot Mike Smith, Commander Dick Scobee and Mission Specialist Ron McNair. (Photo by NASA)On January 28th, 1986, the nation suffered a tragedy they had not seen since the Apollo era. A spacecraft with 7 astronauts on board disintegrated 73 seconds after launch. Among the crew was the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe – an amazing and dynamic instructor.

We were inspired to created Teachers in Space after the original NASA program. Our mission is to inspire students around the world by inspiring their teachers. We work with educators to fly student payloads on gliders, balloons, suborbital spacecraft and even the International Space Station. Teachers in our programs have opportunities to learn, ride in gliders, take parabolic flights and experience space science first hand. We will one day even be sending teachers back into space.

As the President Ronald Reagan said, “The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.”

It isn’t easy. Space is hard. It takes determination, courage and grit to make it all work right. We believe continuing the mission of the Challenger crew is the best way we can honor their hard work and sacrifice.

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