1st of Christa McAuliffe’s lost lessons released from space


NASA and the Challenger Center for Space Science Education posted a video of astronaut-educator Ricky Arnold performing one of McAuliffe’s experiments aboard the International Space Station.

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McAuliffe, a high school social studies teacher from Concord, New Hampshire, never got to teach from space. She perished during the launch of shuttle Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986, along with her six crewmates.

“From the day after the Challenger accident when I knew that NASA would continue the mission, I prayed that we could continue the education mission,” Rodgers, an educator herself, told Arnold.

The first 4 ‘-minute lesson demonstrates how a mixture separates into its individual parts. Arnold uses chromatography paper, water, food coloring and a felt pen. Another lesson will be posted online in a few weeks. Altogether, about four are planned, including demonstrations of fluids and bubbles in weightlessness, and Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of motion.

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1st of Christa McAuliffe’s lost lessons released from space

Astronaut-educator Joe Acaba also helped with the videotaped lessons, before returning to Earth in February.

Arnold, a former science teacher, said it’s been “an incredible honor” to complete McAuliffe’s lessons. In orbit since March, Arnold is due to come home in October.

Ongoing.

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