Remembering the Challenger Crew

Press Release From: Challenger Center for Space Science Education
Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2017


Remembering the Challenger Crew

On this day 31 years ago, Space Shuttle Challenger and its seven-member crew were tragically lost. The crew members – Dick Scobee, Gregory Jarvis, Christa McAuliffe, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, and Michael J. Smith – were part of the first Teacher in Space Project.

Challenger Center, formed by the families of the crew, is dedicated to the educational spirit of their mission. Every year, together with our 43 Challenger Learning Centers, we provide more than 250,000 students with the opportunity to become scientists, engineers, and innovators through unique education experiences. We emphasize the importance of critical 21st century skills and give students an opportunity to apply their STEM knowledge to real world scenarios while they take on roles similar to those of scientists, engineers, and other professionals in today’s workforce.

“The Challenger crew’s desire to teach and inspire children everywhere lives on through our work at Challenger Center,” said Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, founding chair, Challenger Center, and widow of Challenger commander Dick Scobee. “It is hard to believe it’s been more than three decades since we lost the crew, but I’m certain they would be pleased to know their mission has continued and incredibly proud of all that has been accomplished.”

We are honored to continue this mission.

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Washington, DC 20003

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