- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

BANGOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan middle school named after civilian astronaut Christa McAuliffe has commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Challenger explosion.

Thirty years ago, a spaceship carrying a seven-person crew, including a teacher from New Hampshire named Christa McAuliffe, exploded as it prepared to break through Earth’s atmosphere into outer space.

Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Bay County’s Bangor Township remembered the event Thursday with a special morning announcement, classroom lessons and a moment of silence.

The Bay City Times (https://bit.ly/1RQjDqY ) reports sixth-grade students watched a full National Geographic documentary about the event. An eighth-grade history class watched original footage of the explosion and discussed why their school is named after McAuliffe.

Bangor Junior High School was renamed Christa McAuliffe Middle School in 1997 to keep with the school district’s space theme.

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Information from: The Bay City Times, https://www.mlive.com/bay-city

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