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Christa McAuliffe to be remembered in Framingham tonight

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  February 9, 2012 01:48 PM

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Christa McAuliffe, the Boston-born and Framingham-educated teacher from Concord, New Hampshire who died on NASA's Challenger in 1986 will be remembered at a space educational event at her namesake school tonight.

The Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School will host the event tonight for the second annual time.

Attendees can learn about star deaths, the privatization of space travel, and how astronauts physically survive a trip to Mars.

The event will take place tonight, Feb. 9, in McAuliffe's Gymnasium from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester announced last month that he intends to renew the charter of the Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School through 2017.

According to her NASA biography site, McAuliffe graduated from Marian High School in Framingham in 1966. She went on to receive her bachelor's degree from Framingham State in 1970, and a masters degree in education from Bowie State College in Maryland in 1978.

McAuliffe is survived by her husband Steven and their two children. She was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

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