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January 28, 1986

Many people remember where they were on January 28, 1986 when the spaceshuttle Challenger exploded about a minute after take-off. The explosion caused the death of all seven on board, including Christa McAulliffe, a New Hampshire educator chosen to be the first teacher in space. The explosion shocked the nation and cooled over two decades of national interest in space exploration.

Much has been written about that fateful day, and the teacher that wanted to push the boundaries of education. The library also has a documentary about space exploration, with a chapter about the Challenger disaster.

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