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Friday fact #32: The first American civilian selected to go into space in 1985

Sharon Christa McAuliffe was an American teacher and astronaut from Concord, New Hampshire, and one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
Friday fact #32: The first American civilian selected to go into space in 1985

Sharon Christa McAuliffe was an American teacher and astronaut from Concord, New Hampshire, and one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

In 1985, she was selected to participate in the NASA Teacher in Space Project and was scheduled to become the first teacher and the first civilian in space.

NASA hoped that sending a teacher into space would increase public interest in the Space Shuttle program.

On January 28, 1986, she died on the shuttle that broke apart 73 seconds after launch.

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