S. Christa McAuliffe
Master’s, Education, 1978
S. Christa McAuliffe was a high school social studies teacher in Concord, NH, in 1985 when she became a national celebrity, having been chosen by NASA as the first National Teacher in Space. At the age of 37, after extensive astronaut training, she was launched into space on Jan. 28, 1986, from Kennedy Space Center, FL, as a payload specialist aboard the orbiter Challenger. Tragically, McAuliffe and the rest of the crew died when the spacecraft exploded seconds after launch. She was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.