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Remembering our heroes from the Challenger Space Shuttle 30 years later

January 28, 2016

Today marks the anniversary of a devastating event in American history—one that occurred years before any current DCSD students were born, but one that their parents and teachers remember vividly.

Thirty years ago the space shuttle Challenger was destroyed in an explosion over the Atlantic Ocean, less than two minutes after takeoff. All seven members of the Challenger crew died. 

Aboard was the first civilian traveler, Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire high school teacher who won a nationwide competition to teach lessons from space. She believed that by participating in the mission she could help students better understand space and how NASA works. She was strapped into a seat on Challenger's lower deck, between Ronald McNair on her left and Hughes Aircraft Co. satellite engineer Gregory Jarvis on her right.

This day, 30 years ago is a day that the world will never forget. Today, DCSD remembers teacher and hero Christa McAuliffe, as well as our other fallen heroes on the Challenger flight.






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