McAuliffe-Shepard

StateImpact NH
5:21 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Severed From State, Is McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Ready For Lift Off?

Emily Corwin NHPR

When celebrated Concord resident and high school teacher Christa McAuliffe died in the Challenger explosion in 1986, an out-ofโ€“ 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 โ€“ 26 years after the state opened the McAuliffe Planetarium โ€” the facility is on its way to becoming a private, nonprofit institution.