Discovery Center http://nhpr.org en Severed From State, Is McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Ready For Lift Off? http://nhpr.org/post/severed-state-mcauliffe-shepard-discovery-center-ready-lift <p>When celebrated Concord resident and high school teacher Christa McAuliffe died in the Challenger explosion in 1986, an out-of&ndash; state donor offered $500,000 to build a monument in downtown Concord. As then-mayor Jim MacKay remembers, the city declined. Instead, the state built a planetarium. Today &ndash; 26 years after the state opened the McAuliffe Planetarium &mdash; the facility is on its way to becoming a private, nonprofit institution. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 21:21:46 +0000 Emily Corwin 10524 at http://nhpr.org Severed From State, Is McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Ready For Lift Off?