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S. Christa McAuliffe (1948)close

Although she was born in Boston, Massachusetts, when NASA selected Christa McAuliffe to be the first teacher in space, she was living in New Hampshire. She died when the space shuttle Challenger exploded just after lift-off in 1986.

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