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Proposed Coin Honoring Teacher McAuliffe

NH senators consider coin honoring Christa McAuliffe

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    Proposed Coin Honoring Teacher McAuliffe
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    This is the official NASA photo of the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger mission 51L. All seven members of the crew were killed when the shuttle exploded during launch on Jan. 28, 1986. From front left, are: astronauts Michael J. Smith, Francis R. (Dick) Scobee, and Ronald E. McNair. Rear left are: Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, and Judith Resnik.

    New Hampshire's U.S. senators have introduced a bill for the creation of a coin in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster and honoring Christa McAuliffe, who was picked to be the first teacher in space.

    Proceeds from the sale of the coins would support FIRST programs that inspire young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program is founded by inventor Dean Kamen.

    Democrat Jeanne Shaheen says it would be a fitting tribute to McAuliffe, who was a high school social studies teacher in Concord. She and six other astronauts died when the shuttle broke apart 73 seconds after liftoff on Jan. 28, 1986.

    Republican Kelly Ayotte says McAuliffe inspired and encouraged young people to follow their dreams.

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