Publicado: Lun, Enero 29, 2018
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

Teacher Killed in Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster Honored

Teacher Killed in Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster Honored

It was 32 years ago this morning that McAuliffe and six crew mates took off aboard the space shuttle Challenger, and never returned.

McAuliffe primarily taught social studies at Concord High School, but her lessons on the space shuttle were obviously going to center on science.

The explosion killed seven crew members: Commander Francis R. Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Greg Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe were mission specialists. NASA selected her for its Teacher in Space Mission, and she planned to film lessons that would be distributed to students back on Earth.

The lessons will be conducted by astronauts Joe Acaba, who is now aboard the ISS, and Ricky Arnold, who launches in March.

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McAuliffe would have been the first American civilian in space.

The lessons will be filmed over the next several months. The Challenger Learning Center, an educational center honoring the Challenger crew with 43 locations across the USA and internationally (with one location in South Korea), will then share McAuliffe's experiments across the centers, in classrooms, and on the center's website beginning this spring.

Acaba and Arnold, both former teachers themselves, will cover topics such as effervescence, chromatography, liquids in zero-g, and Newton's law.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

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