30th Anniversary of the Challenger Accident

January 28, 2016


Framingham State University remembered one of its best known graduates on Thursday, January 28, 2016.

Thirty years earlier, the seven members of the Challenger 51-L crew had lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, only to lose their lives when the vehicle disintegrated as the result of an explosion 73 seconds later. Among the crew was Framingham, MA native, FSU alumna, and Concord, NH High School history teacher Sharon Christa Corrigan McAuliffe.

The 30th anniversary event focused on the crew’s enduring legacy. Featured speakers included current Director of the Christa McAuliffe Center Dr. Irene Porro, FSU President Dr. Javier Cevallos, Christa’s classmate and McAuliffe Center Director Emeritus Mary Liscombe, Massachusetts Secretary of Education Jim Peyser, NASA astronaut Catherine “Cady” Coleman, and former NASA mission controller Tess Caswell.

Photos from the event

christa signed portrait

Christa Corrigan McAuliffe, Teacher in Space

51L Crew

Challenger 51-L Crew

Please note the capacity of Dwight Hall’s Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is limited to 500.