Happy Birthday, September babies! Each month, Scientista highlights the birthdays of notable Scientistas from throughout history in an effort to both commemorate them and bring them more visibility. This month, we present to you six brilliant women in STEM who were all born in September. Browse through the women to learn more about them!
Sharon Christa Corrigan, Astronaut (September 2, 1948 - January 28, 1986)
By Alexandra Brumberg
Sharon Christa Corrigan was born on September 2, 1948. She was raised during the height of the space program and later became the first civilian aboard a shuttle launch. She was selected through the Teacher in Space Program from over 11,500 applicants to go up in space, and while aboard, teach lessons to be broadcast to the nation. Unfortunately, the Challenger exploded a mere seventy-three seconds into the flight. Regardless, she went down in history as a teacher devoted to spreading her love of science and a woman who was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to go into space.
"Christa McAuliffe - Space Shuttle Challenger Astronaut - Teacher" About.com http://space.about.com/cs/deceasedastronaut/a/mcauliffe.htm
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