Christa McAuliffe

Birth Name:
Sharon Christa Corrigan
Birth Date:
September 2, 1948
Birth Place:
Boston, Massachusetts
Death Date:
January 28, 1986
Place of Death:
Cape Canaveral, Florida
Age:
37
Cause of Death:
Space shuttle accident
Cemetery Name:
Calvary Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Science
Christa McAuliffe was an American teacher and astronaut from Concord, New Hampshire, who was killed on the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51-L where she was serving as a payload specialist. On January 28, 1986, McAuliffe boarded Challenger with the other six crew members of STS-51-L. Seventy-three seconds into its flight at an altitude of 48,000 ft (14.630 km), the shuttle broke apart, resulting in the deaths of all seven crew members. According to NASA, it was in part because of the excitement over her presence on the shuttle that the accident had such a significant effect on the nation. Many schoolchildren were viewing the launch live, and media coverage of the accident was extensive.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Calvary Cemetery

N Main Street

Concord, New Hampshire, 03301

USA

North America

Map:

Map of Calvary Cemetery in Concord New Hampshire

Grave Location:

Section M

Grave Location Description

As you drive into the cemetery, make your way up and over to the left heading towards the maintenance shed. Look for the intersection of Avenues 305 and 306 and park. Christa McAuliffe’s final resting place is just 100 feet off the road shaded by two trees.

Grave Location GPS

43.22356772, -71.55551352

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