Christa McAuliffe


September 2, 1948 – January 28, 1986

Sometimes, fame doesn’t come until something truly awful happens.  In late 1985, people who paid attention to NASA’s space shuttle program knew who Sharon Christa McAuliffe was. The Concord, New Hampshire social studies teacher was the winner of the Teacher In Space Project.  The goal of the project was simple: train a teacher to travel with the Space Shuttle Challenger on a mission, conduct some experiments and teach lessons from orbit. Obviously, this never happened as Challenger disintegrated shortly after liftoff on January 28, 1986, killing McAuliffe and all six other crew members on board. Suddenly, everyone knew Christa McAuliffe.  The modest educator became a casualty in one of America’s most public disasters.


Calvary Cemetery – Concord, NH

Specific Location

At the back of the cemetery, at the top (west) of the hill, Christa’s large black grave marker is under a tree.



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