The Challenger disaster's teachable moment





Twenty-five years ago today, Concord, New Hampshire, was abuzz with excitement as teacher Christa McAuliffe was about to make history.

Thousands of educators had applied to be the first teacher in space, but NASA chose McAuliffe, a 10th-grade social studies teacher at Concord High School.

Micaela Pond, who was 17 and McAuliffe's neighbor at the time, remembers getting a ride home one day from the teacher turned astronaut.

On January 28, 1986, the day of the Challenger shuttle launch, Pond remembers the Concord High School auditorium filled with students and media, watching the launch on TV.

But the party didn't last long. Challenger exploded 73 seconds into flight. McAuliffe and the six astronauts aboard died.

Shortly afterward, Pond knew what she wanted to do with her life: become a teacher....




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