A Teacher and Astronaut, she was slated to be the first civilian in space. She was selected out of over 11,500 applicants, and as a payload specialist, she trained beside six other Challenger Astronauts. She planned to give two lessons from space, but instead the country watched in horror as the Challenger exploded on January 28, 1986 killing all aboard. People still leave things like pens, post its, notes, and little plastic apples, at her grave to honor her as a teacher. Very touching to visit. She is buried at the Calvary Cemetery in Concord, NH
Franklin Pierce, 14th president of the United States, is buried a mile or so away from Christa at the Old North Cemetery in Concord.