Today, September 2, we are remembering Girl Scout, astronaut and teacher Christa McAuliffe on what would have been her 67th birthday. Born in Boston and a graduate of Framingham State College, Christa was an accomplished teacher and Girl Scout leader who was chosen out of over 11,000 applicants to be the first teacher in space. In 1986, her life was sadly cut short, along with six other crew members, during the failed launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
Keeping her memory alive in her home state of New Hampshire is “Christa’s House” at Camp Wabasso, a beautiful cottage that features a library of Christa McAuliffe’s Girl Scout memorabilia.
Christa’s former Girl Scout troop has stayed close since Christa’s passing; they spend time together at Christa’s House 2-3 times a year and were kind enough to share a photo with us.
|Second from left is Christa McAuliffe, beside her at third from left is her mother, Grace Corrigan.|
This was “probably one of the last [photos] of us all together before the Challenger,” Christa’s sister Girl Scout wrote.
We deeply admire Christa for dedicating her life to education and exploration, and we are proud to honor her Girl Scout legacy.