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Remembering the Challenger Crew

On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded in mid-air only seconds after launch, shocking the nation. All seven crew members died in the tragic accident, including Christa McAuliffe, a beloved educator enrolled in NASA’s Teacher in Space Project. A recent book examines the disaster and the lives that were lost as a result. Listen to the author describe the backgrounds and talents of the Challenger astronauts, one of the most diverse space crews in history, and how they are being remembered today.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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