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The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Honors Two Local Heroes

Posted at Mon, Feb 20, 2017 3:45 PM

Our staff at Tim’s Truck Capital & Auto Sales always loves to recommend The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center to our customers and friends. It’s one of our favorite places to take kids and visitors to the area. Located in Concord, NH, it’s just a short drive from our dealership in Epsom, NH, so it’s easy to combine automotive shopping with some family entertainment.

McAuliff-Shepard Mission Statement

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.

First American In Space

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.

What's Here

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.

Consider Combining A Visit To The Discovery Center With A Visit To Tim’s Truck Capital & Auto Sales
If you’re looking for a truck, SUV crossover or any other used vehicle, our sales team at Tim’s Truck Capital and Auto is ready to help you. You can begin your search online at and follow up with a visit to our Epsom, NH showroom for a test drive. Our friendly sales team is eager to help you find the vehicle that fits your transportation needs and your budget. Our reliable service team is always ready to help keep your vehicle in great shape. Our family-owned dealership has been serving the Epsom, NH area since 1983. We are one of the best car dealerships in New Hampshire and specialize in used truck sales. We look forward to welcoming you to our family. To learn more and to view our complete inventory, visit




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