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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 was killed on the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51-L where she was serving as a payload specialist.She 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. She 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 4,293,432 page views. Her biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Christa McAuliffe is the 37th most popular astronaut (up from 42nd in 2019), the 2,135th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,297th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular American Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, Christa McAuliffe ranks 37 out of 524Before her are Georgy Dobrovolsky, Roger B. Chaffee, Alan Bean, Frank Borman, John Young, and Ellison Onizuka. After her are Kalpana Chawla, Vladislav Volkov, Valeri Kubasov, Fred Haise, Vladimir Dzhanibekov, and Vladimir Shatalov.

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Among people born in 1948, Christa McAuliffe ranks 120Before her are Ichirou Mizuki, Christopher A. Pissarides, Mark Phillips, Jimmy Choo, Amadou Toumani Touré, and Carel Struycken. After her are Vincent Schiavelli, Michael Kamen, Siim Kallas, Hema Malini, Rubén Blades, and Lluís Llach. Among people deceased in 1986, Christa McAuliffe ranks 67Before her are Lilli Palmer, Megumu Tamura, Gabdulkhay Akhatov, Donna Reed, Ernst Neufert, and Ellison Onizuka. After her are Maurice Duruflé, Alfredo Binda, Arthur Grumiaux, Lyudmila Rudenko, Gia Carangi, and Omar Ali Saifuddien III.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Christa McAuliffe ranks 2,135 out of 18,182Before her are Marc Anthony (1968), Larry David (1947), Rob Reiner (1947), Florence Owens Thompson (1903), Ving Rhames (1959), and Marie Laveau (1801). After her are Doc Holliday (1851), Frank Lucas (1930), Vincent Schiavelli (1948), Michael Jeter (1952), Jessica Alba (1981), and Denise Richards (1971).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, Christa McAuliffe ranks 22Before her are Bruce McCandless II (1937), Roger B. Chaffee (1935), Alan Bean (1932), Frank Borman (1928), John Young (1930), and Ellison Onizuka (1946). After her are Fred Haise (1933), Ken Mattingly (1936), Gordon Cooper (1927), Wally Schirra (1923), Thomas P. Stafford (1930), and Michael J. Smith (1945).