“The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and “slipped the surly bonds of earth” to “touch the face of God.”
– President Ronald Reagan, January 28, 1986
Today marks the 25th Anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. Here at Cooperating School Districts, the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis was able to honor the occasion by offering free videoconferences to elementary, middle and high school students entitled “Christa’s Lessons.”
Christa McAuliffe was one of seven crew members to perish that day; a teacher, she was set to conduct lessons from space to students on Earth. Today, Robert Powell of the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis is sharing some of those lessons to students across North America- we have connections in the St. Louis metro area, in Texas, California, New York, Ohio and Alberta, Canada.
The lost Challenger crew included Michael J. Smith, Commander Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith Resnik.