The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center’s mission is to inspire every generation to reach for the stars. They do this through engaging and entertaining activities that explore astronomy, aviation, earth and space science.
Alan Bartlett Shepard (November 18, 1923 – July 21, 1998) was the first American in space in 1961. He was selected from a group of 500 test pilots to become one of the seven original Mercury astronauts. He hailed from Derry and attending Pinkerton Academy and then the Naval Academy at Annapolis. His courage and curiosity were key in the development of the nation’s space program. He also made space more humanly accessible by coining the "astronaut's prayer" and being the first person to try golfing on the moon! His memory and accomplishments are honored at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.
Beloved Teacher & Space Shuttle Challenger Crew Member
Sharon Christa McAuliffe (née Corrigan, September 2, 1948 – January 28, 1986) was one of the seven crew members of Space Shuttle Challenger mission STS-51-L . She was to be the first teacher to go into space. The shuttle program had been developed to be an economical workhorse transporting people and material to build a low earth orbit space station. NASA launched the “Teacher in Space” program in order to allow a normal teacher to broadcast lessons from space to American classrooms. Christa was selected from 11,000 applicants to lead these lessons. She also completed full astronaut training. Tragically, the Challenger exploded shortly after launch and all seven crew members were lost. Christa’s motivation to open minds to learning, "I touch the future, I teach," lives on in the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.
The Discovery Center has an amazing collection of innovative, interactive exhibits to explore as well as programs in the planetarium and observatory. Check the website for details.
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