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12 Christa McAuliffe Quotes (TEACHER IN SPACE)

Top 12 Most Famous Christa McAuliffe Quotes – A Tribute to the Space Shuttle Challenger Crew

I have a vision of the world as a global village, a world without boundaries.
I have a vision of the world as a global village, a world without boundaries.
May your future be limited only by your dreams!
May your future be limited only by your dreams!
What are we doing here? We're reaching for the stars.
What are we doing here? We’re reaching for the stars.
Reach for it, you know. Go push yourself as far as you can.
Reach for it, you know. Go push yourself as far as you can.
No teacher has ever been better prepared to teach a lesson.
No teacher has ever been better prepared to teach a lesson.
We sat around one night and thought that people are going to look back and say, I can't imagine there was a lot of excitement about HER going up!
We sat around one night and thought that people are going to look back and say, I can’t imagine there was a lot of excitement about HER going up!
If I can get some student interested in science, if I can show members of the general public what's going on up there in the space program, then my job's been done.
If I can get some student interested in science, if I can show members of the general public what’s going on up there in the space program, then my job’s been done.

“I can remember in early elementary school when the Russians launched the first satellite. There was still so much unknown about space. People thought Mars was probably populated.”

Christa McAuliffe

“I was a little concerned with how the crew was going to view me because I didn’t know whether this program had been kinda forced down their throats. But they were wonderful.”

Christa McAuliffe

“NASA was going to pick a public school teacher to go into space, observe and make a journal about the space flight, and I am a teacher who always dreamed of going up into space.”

Christa McAuliffe

“I told them how excited I would be to go into space and how thrilled I was when Alan Shepard made his historic flight, and when John Kennedy announced on the news that the men had landed safely on the moon, and how jealous I was of those men.”

Christa McAuliffe

“I cannot join the space program and restart my life as an astronaut, but this opportunity to connect my abilities as an educator with my interests in history and space is a unique opportunity to fulfill my early fantasies.”

Christa McAuliffe

Christa McAuliffe Short Biography

Born 2 September 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, Sharon Christa McAuliffe was an American High School teacher who was chosen to be the first American civilian in space.

As a child, McAuliffe was inspired by the Apollo moon landing project. She had written, “I watched the Space Age being born, and I would like to participate” in her NASA application form. (Source)

In 1970 she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in American history and education. After having completed a master’s degree in education in 1978, McAuliffe started a teaching job.

In 1984 the Teacher in Space Project was announced. The NASA-led project would entail sending the first civilian into space. Upon hearing about the program; McAuliffe applied and became one of 11, 000 applicants.

Vice President George H. W. Bush had announced that Christa McAuliffe would be the “first private citizen passenger in the history of space flight” on July 19, 1985. (Source)

NASA official Alan Ladwig had said that it was McAuliffe’s infectious enthusiasm that was an attribute as to why she was chosen out of the group of finalists. 

On January 28, 1986, McAuliffe and six other crew members were launched into space aboard the Challenger. Seventy-three seconds into the flight the shuttle came apart, killing all seven passengers.

Even after her death, Christa McAuliffe is still remembered fondly by the public. Many scholarships were established in her memory, and in 2004 she was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

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