Jan 24, 2016 12:48 PM

30th anniversary of Challenger loss remembered at Concord's McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

CONCORD - This week marks the 30th anniversary of the launch and loss of the space shuttle Challenger and its crew, including Concord High School teacher Christa McAuliffe.

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is commemorating the tragedy with several events, including a special gathering on Jan. 28 for educators and families, and the showing of a documentary this weekend and next.

The documentary "Reach for the Stars," will be shown at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, January 24, 30 and 31.

The Discovery Center is also hosting a special reception for teachers, school administrators, school board members and their families on Thursday, the anniversary date of the Challenger launch, from 4 – 6 p.m.

That event will include a star show, exploration of exhibits and resources for educators at the Discovery Center and remarks by several people including N.H. Board of Education Chair Tom Raffio and a presentation on NASA resources for educators by NASA Educator Professional Development Specialist Kelly Hartford.

All educators are welcome to the reception; admission is free but attendees are asked to contact Sherie Moore, at or (603) 271-7827 x102 in advance.

Christa McAuliffe was a social studies teacher at Concord High School when she was chosen from more than 11,000 applicants to be NASA’s first Teacher-in-Space. The beloved teacher and her crewmates were lost when, 73 seconds into the launch, the Challenger exploded. The Discovery Center was named in her honor and that of her hero, astronaut and Admiral Alan Shepard.

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