Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger Disaster, Part 1

This week, Hailee tells us about Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger disaster in this two-part episode! 

In part 1, Hailee gives us a (brief, layman’s version) history of the beginnings of the space age and the space race between the Soviet Union and the United States. You will also learn about Astronaut Group 8, the most diverse group of astronauts NASA ever employed up to that point and we will learn about the decision to begin the Teach in Space program that will introduce us to the amazing Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire teacher chosen to be the first citizen in space. We also learn that if you break the moon, you have to pay for the moon. 

Stay tuned next week for part 2, along with all of our recommended reading!


History of Spaceflight

The Space Race

NASA Group 8

Teacher in Space Program 

Christa McAuliffe 

1970s: Kennedy Dispatches Probes to Far Reaches as Apollo Ends

1980s: All Eyes Focus on Space Shuttle

35 Years Ago: Remembering Challenger and Her Crew

Utah engineers’ warning was ignored before Challenger explosion 30 years ago

Christa’s Lost Lessons

Rogers Commission Report

Challenger Engineer Who Warned Of Shuttle Disaster Dies

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