Christa Mcauliffe, School Teacher, Mccullough discussed on The Johnny Carson Show


Johnny Carson. Show podcast. I'm your host will Schreiner and we are going to do something a little different. We've been honoring women all the month of March and we have a very interesting interview with a I guess what we call Hero Christa McAuliffe. This show you're about to hear was recorded on July. Thirty first of nineteen eighty five six months later. The Challenger exploded with Chris. Mccullough on board and tragically ended her life Christa. Mcauliffe was the first American civilians selected to go into space. A Little Back Story I. She was born in Massachusetts in nineteen. Forty eight. She was a high school teacher who loved science. She made history when she became the first American civilian selected to go into space in one thousand nine hundred one the first shuttle Circle Earth McCullough made sure. Her students took note three years later. President Reagan and the National Association of Space Administration announced a bold new program. The teacher in Space Project McAuliffe was an extraordinary teacher and she immediately applied to that program after NASA selected McCullough. The whole community rallied behind her treating her as a hometown hero. We're going to hear the story prior how she got there and sadly we know how it ends. The shuttle was originally a take off on January twenty second. The first round was scheduled delay. The second was because of a dust storm and emergency landing site to third delay was because of inclement weather at the launch site and a final delay was due to technical problem with the door latch mechanism. This is all things that happened after this interview. On January twenty eighth McAuliffe's friends and family including two children anxiously watched and waited for the Challenger space shuttle to take off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Florida. Her students in concord also tuned in with the rest of the country to watch this history making space expedition however less than two minutes after liftoff the shuttle exploded and everybody aboard died. Ronald Reagan was quoted as saying the crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the moment in which they live their lives. We will never forget them nor the last time we saw them this morning as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God. That was Ronald Reagan's quote. After the accident NASA spent months analyzing the accident and they found out the O. Rings had caused elite that made the fuel ignite after her death. She received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. And it's a tribute to her memory. Planetarium in concord was named after as well as an asteroid and a crater on the moon. This is more of an insightful in sombre podcast than we've had in the past but she was truly a woman of distinction. Let's listen now. See a new side and now ladies and gentleman he johnny. Everybody.

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