Christa McAuliffe

1948 - 1986

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Sharon Christa McAuliffe (née Corrigan; September 2, 1948 – January 28, 1986) was an American teacher and astronaut from Concord, New Hampshire who died on the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51-L, where she was serving as a payload specialist.McAuliffe received her bachelor's degree in education and history from Framingham State College in 1970 and her master's degree in education, supervision and administration from Bowie State University in 1978. McAuliffe took a teaching position as a social studies teacher at Concord High School in New Hampshire in 1983. In 1985, McAuliffe was selected from more than 11,000 applicants to the NASA Teacher in Space Project and was scheduled to become the first teacher to fly in space. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Christa McAuliffe has received more than 5,081,977 page views. Her biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Christa McAuliffe is the 63rd most popular astronaut (down from 37th in 2019), the 2,937th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,133rd in 2019) and the 29th most popular American Astronaut.

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Over the past year Christa McAuliffe has had the most page views in the with 599,994 views, followed by Spanish (30,325), and French (22,823). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Uzbek (157.71%), Malagasy (122.91%), and Hindi (84.48%)


Among astronauts, Christa McAuliffe ranks 63 out of 556Before her are Valentina Ponomaryova, Musa Manarov, Georgy Beregovoy, Jean-Loup Chrétien, Jügderdemidiin Gürragchaa, and Richard F. Gordon Jr.. After her are Vyacheslav Zudov, Aleksei Gubarev, Karol J. Bobko, Gordon Cooper, Claude Nicollier, and Viktor Gorbatko.

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Among people born in 1948, Christa McAuliffe ranks 193Before her are Drago Jančar, Pascal Quignard, Oliver Hart, Muse Bihi Abdi, Kathy Reichs, and Volker Finke. After her are Friedrich Koncilia, Gottfried Helnwein, Holger Osieck, Zdravko Tolimir, Helmuth Koinigg, and Jürgen Sparwasser. Among people deceased in 1986, Christa McAuliffe ranks 100Before her are Elisabeth Bergner, Pierre Fournier, Léopold Szondi, Ding Ling, Liu Bocheng, and Michael, Prince of Montenegro. After her are Albert Scherrer, Michael J. Smith, Valentin Kataev, Artur London, Raúl Prebisch, and Princess Anne of Orléans.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Christa McAuliffe ranks 2,937 out of 20,380Before her are Ivy Lee (1877), Rebecca De Mornay (1959), Bobby Riggs (1918), King Oliver (1881), Bobby Darin (1936), and Edward Kasner (1878). After her are Wendy Carlos (1939), James Henry Breasted (1865), Raymond Damadian (1936), Duke Kahanamoku (1890), Ace Frehley (1951), and Robert Hanssen (1944).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, Christa McAuliffe ranks 29Before her are John Young (1930), Ellison Onizuka (1946), Walter Cunningham (1932), Wally Schirra (1923), Ronald Evans (1933), and Richard F. Gordon Jr. (1929). After her are Karol J. Bobko (1937), Gordon Cooper (1927), Thomas P. Stafford (1930), Michael J. Smith (1945), Mary L. Cleave (1947), and Sally Ride (1951).