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NASA’s race to space and inclusivity examined in new book

Christa File

The first everyday American in space, Christa McAuliffe, was a high-school teacher from Concord, New Hampshire.

Houston had a problem.

It was 1977, and moon landings had become commonplace. American enthusiasm, and public funding, were in danger of drying up. NASA needed to make space exciting again and longed for the days when the country stopped to count down for each mission.

Christa McAuliffe Page A1

January 29, 1986 Page A1