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The Legacy of Christa McAuliffe and N.H. Space Education

In this 1985 file photo, high school teacher Christa McAuliffe rides with her children in a parade down Main Street in Concord. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

The Challenger disaster occurred 35 years ago, and while we mourn the entire crew, in New Hampshire the anniversary is especially poignant as we mourn the loss of Concord teacher Christa McAuliffe. We consider how her legacy has inspired a new generation of educators and a new era in space exploration. We shine a light on projects at the state’s universities and colleges that are helping NASA and expanding our knowledge of space. 

Airdate: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021


  • Phil Browne - former Concord science teacher who co-founded the educational programs Forest Watch and SOS - Success on STEAM, inspired by Christa McAuliffe, his friend and colleague. If you want to view the "Forest Watch" link within,  type in or copy ( ) into your browser search bar and click "return." 
  • Nicole Gugliucci - assistant professor of physics at Saint Anselm College.  
  • Noe’ Lugaz - research associate professor of physics, University of New Hampshire Space Science Center. 
  • Kristina A. Lynch - professor of physics and astronomy, Dartmouth College.
  • Nathan Schwadron - professor of physics, University of New Hampshire Space Science Center.  

 Take a look at the videos of auroras captured on video from the International Space Station mentioned by Kristina Lynch of Dartmouth College:

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