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Risk in Exploration

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“Shuttle Explodes,” Concord...
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“Shuttle Explodes,” Concord Monitor, New Hampshire, January 28, 1986

NASA chose high school teacher Christa McAuliffe of Concord, New Hampshire, from more than 11,000 applicants for its new Teacher in Space Program. Her selection drew national attention to the shuttle program, and students nationwide were excited at the prospect of science lessons from space. McAuliffe’s death made the tragedy particularly poignant.

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