The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, situated in Concord, New Hampshire, has been erected to honor Christa McAuliffe% - America's first teacher in space, who died in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger during a mission in 1986. It was decided to build a planetarium in her memory because it was felt that a planetarium rightly combined Christa's dream of traveling through space and her dedication to teaching.
The 92-seat theater began operations on June 21, 1990. Since then, the planetarium has been taking forward its mission to educate and entertain learners of all ages - from the youngest explorer to the backyard astronomer - in the mostly unseen vistas of science and humanities. It aims to achieve this goal by actively engaging them in the exploration of astronomy and space science.
The planetarium regularly organizes a variety of shows for the general public, school children, and groups. Its informative shows, "Breathing Space," "Our Place in Space," "Infinity Express," and the ever changing show - "Tonight's Sky," - has been exquisitely designed to inspire young minds to look at astronomy and astrophysics in a way they may not have done before.
Free telescope viewing is facilitated during the monthly SkyWatch events and Astronomy Day, celebrated each May.
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Christa McAuliffe Biography
Christa's mission continues here at the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium which was erected in her memory. The idea for a planetarium was suggested by Louise Wiley, a teacher from Northwood, New Hampshire, and was chosen frChrista McAuliffe Planetarium which was erected in her memory. The idea for a planetarium was suggested by Louise Wiley, a teacher from Northwood, New Hampshire, and was chosen from among many other ideas ...
... McAuliffe Planetarium, 3 Institute Drive, 271-7827 The most technically advanced planetarium in the world was built as a way to remember the educational goals of the world's first Teacher in Space, Christa McAuliffe. NH Historical Society and ...
Montana History Acknowledgments
The Christa McAuliffe Fellowship is awarded annually in each state through a federal program. In Montana it is awarded through a grant application process administered through The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) by Ms. Nancy Coopersmith.