​​​​​​Traipsing Thru Films

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 A compelling and honest account of Challenger 51L’s “Teacher in Space” mission. An inspiring tribute to a true American Hero.” Buzz Alzzdrin


“A riveting and unusually moving story, told from the inside. It is made uniquely affecting by the use of Carly Simon's music, a favorite of McAuliffe's." Ken Burns 


"An outstanding tribute to an extraordinary woman, this is highly recommended. Editor’s Choice." Video Librarian 


"Moving documentary and tribute...serves to motivate and inspire." Booklist 


"Celebrates the extraordinary life of the first teacher in space and  her legacy. Recommended for all collections." Library Journal 

Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars

Directed/Produced by Renee Sotile & Mary Jo Godges

Broadcast on CNN

Narrated by Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon

Songs by Grammy winner Carly Simon

In 1986, space shuttle Challenger exploded, traumatizing the nation and taking the lives of the seven-member NASA crew. Among them was Christa McAuliffe, the first Teacher in Space. Reach for the Stars is her story.

In this film, for the first time McAuliffe's family speaks out about the impact of her death, revealing the deep private loss behind the public tragedy and how it drastically altered their lives. 

Previously unseen footage and candid NASA interviews surround the events that tore a family apart and brought a nation to tears.


Featured in the book:

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Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011