Christa McAuliffe Remembered On 36th Anniversary Of Challenger Disaster

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WBZNewsRadio) - At exactly 11:39 a.m. Friday, the Christa McAuliffe Branch Library will hold a 73-second moment of silence to honor the late Framingham woman, selected from thousands to be the first teacher to travel into space.

Today marks the 36th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, when the space shuttle 'Challenger' broke apart shortly after it's launch, killing all seven crew members on board.

The annual remembrance will be held inside the library's café area. Artifacts commemorating the teacher will be on display, including a flag that flew over the space center, along with photographs and books. The Library also plans to give away copies of the documentary about McAuliffe, who taught high school social studies in Concord, New Hampshire.

McAuliffe's legacy continues to be memorialized across the country, with more than 30 schools named for her, including the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Education and Teaching Excellence at Framingham State University, her alma mater. The teacher has also been honored off planet, her name given to a crater on the moon and another one on Venus.

WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports

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