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An adventurous child, Mc Auliffe grew up in a quiet, suburban neighborhood during the space age.
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Mc Auliffe was an extraordinary teacher with a dream of being a passenger on the space shuttle, so when NASA announced a contest to take a teacher into space, she jumped at the chance and applied. Bush delivered the good news at a special ceremony at the White House, stating that Mc Auliffe was going to be the "first private citizen passenger in the history of space flight." After NASA announced the selection of Mc Auliffe, her whole community rallied behind her, treating her as a hometown hero when she returned from the White House.
Mc Auliffe won the contest, beating out more than 11,000 other applicants. As for Mc Auliffe, she saw the space mission as a chance to go on the ultimate field trip.
On January 28, 1986, Mc Auliffe boarded the Born Sharon Christa Corrigan on September 2, 1948, in Boston, Massachusetts, Christa Mc Auliffe was the first of five children born to Edward and Grace Corrigan.
When she was 5, she and her family moved to Framingham, Massachusetts.