Teachers and school board members will be gathering at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord to pay tribute to Christa McAuliffe and six other astronauts lost in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster 30 years ago.

Gov. Maggie Hassan is among the people scheduled to speak at the center Thursday afternoon.

She said we must continue to carry on the legacy of McAuliffe, who taught at Concord High School, and the Challenger crew by encouraging more young people to enter the sciences and working to achieve the dreams that led McAuliffe into space.

Thursday is the first day of this semester’s American Women in History class at the school, a course McAuliffe created. Students are watching a documentary about her, writing about their dreams as part of a "Reach for the Stars" assignment, and participating in a school-wide moment of silence.

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