The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center has hands-on exhibits and activities focusing on space science, astronomy, and aviation include a space shuttle simulator.Inspiration, aspiration, and we have lift-off … The examples of teacher Christa McAuliffe and astronaut Alan B. Shepard show kids how—and why—to reach for the stars. Check out the night sky in the planetarium.The Best 5: Indoor Places to Take Kids–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2011On January 28, 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger roared off the launch pad with six astronauts and Christa McAuliffe-a Concord, New Hampshire, high-school teacher and the first private citizen selected to experience space flight.Space Shuttle Challenger brakes up 73 seconds after liftoff from Kennedy Space Center.To learn more about how Christa McAuliffe’s mission continued, visit the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, NH.-Yankee Magazine, January/February 2011603-271-7827. 2 Institute Dr., Concord. The sky’s the limit at this family-friendly, state-of-the-art space station. Now showing, “Living with a Star” plunges you inside the sun in 3-D, then follows up with myths, legends, and scientific facts about our five-billion-year-old star.Yankee Magazine December 2010NASA’s first teacher in space, who died in the space shuttle Challenger disaster of 1986, is commemorated here at northern New England’s largest planetarium. The state-of-the art, 40-foot domed theater features a Digital Sky projection system. Shows include 3-D multimedia presentations on the stars, planets, and the sun and are geared toward varying ages. Each show lasts about an hour; reservations are recommended. Hands-on exhibits and activities focusing on space science, astronomy, and aviation include a space shuttle simulator. On the first Friday of every month, the New Hampshire Astronomical Society sets up telescopes on the lawn for free evening viewings.Yankee Magazine April 2006A tribute to high school teacher Christa McAuliffe, who died in the 1986 explosion of the spaceship Challenger-and who would have been the first civilian in space.Yankee Magazine April 2003
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