Sharon Christa McAuliffe (née Corrigan; September 2, 1948 – January 28, 1986) was an American teacher and astronaut from Concord, New Hampshire, who was killed on the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51-L where she was serving as a payload specialist.
37 years (1948–1986)
The husband of NASA teacher-in-space Christa McAuliffe, who was killed when the shuttle Challenger exploded, has remarried. Steven McAuliffe, president of the New Hampshire Bar Association, married Kathy Thomas, a reading teacher for the Concord School District.
Only the Jarvis and McAuliffe relatives had a right to sue the government; all the astronauts’ families could sue Morton Thiokol. … McNair, a NASA employee, the father of Jarvis and the mother of mission specialist Judith A. Resnik to file separate suits against Morton Thiokol only.
NASA yesterday named a retired Navy admiral to lead an independent investigation into the incident, which took the lives of all seven crew members on board. The remains of all seven astronauts who were killed in the space shuttle Columbia tragedy have been recovered, US officials said last night.
McAuliffe was an extraordinary teacher with a dream of being a passenger on the space shuttle, so when NASA announced a contest to take a teacher into space, she jumped at the chance and applied. McAuliffe won the contest, beating out more than 11,000 other applicants.
The crew compartment and many other vehicle fragments were recovered from the ocean floor after a three-month search and recovery operation. The exact timing of the deaths of the crew is unknown; several crew members are known to have survived the initial breakup of the spacecraft.
Families of four of the seven crew members killed in the Challenger explosion have settled with the government for total damages exceeding $750,000 for each family, with 60% of the sum to be provided by Morton Thiokol Inc., maker of the solid rocket boosters on the space shuttle, an Administration source said Monday.
McAuliffe continues to serve as a founding director for the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. He has two children, Scott and Caroline, with his first wife, Christa; they were nine and six, respectively, when she died, as a result of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
The families of four space shuttle astronauts who died in the Challenger disaster received a total of $7.7 million worth of long-term tax-free annuities from the Federal Government and the rocket manufacturer blamed for the accident, documents released today by the Justice Department show.
The final words from Columbia’s crew came at 8:59:32 a.m. when Husband, presumably responding to a tire alarm acknowledgement from mission control, said “Roger, uh, buh…” At that point, the shuttle was nearly 38 miles above Central Texas and traveling at 18 times the speed of sound.
Remains of some of the seven astronauts who died when the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated on Saturday have been recovered, NASA said on Sunday evening. The body parts were located in north-eastern Texas, where much of the debris from Columbia has fallen.
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June remarried in 1989 to retired Army LTG Don Rodgers. Richard graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, has flown F-16s for the USAF, and has commanded the 506th Air Expeditionary Group, 944th Fighter Wing, the 301st Fighter Wing, the 10th Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserve Command.
Dr. Ronald E. McNair was the second African American to fly in space. Two years later he was selected to serve as mission specialist aboard the ill-fated U.S. Challenger space shuttle.
35 years (1950–1986)
The fated crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia could have been saved in theory, according to a NASA engineer, who spoke to the BBC. Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon and six other crew members perished when their space shuttle attempted reentry into Earth’s atmosphere on February 1, 2003.
Much later, in 2008, NASA released a crew survival report detailing the Columbia crew’s last few minutes. The astronauts probably survived the initial breakup of Columbia, but lost consciousness in seconds after the cabin lost pressure. The crew died as the shuttle disintegrated.
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