I am learning so much every day about how important northern New England is to our nation's history and how proud I am to be living here.

Today I learned that Christa McAuliffe was from New Hampshire.

I came from Florida, and there are 3 schools that are named after her there: two elementary schools and one middle school.

She obviously touched a lot of lives being a teacher, and last year it was written into law that there is now a commemorative $1 coin in her honor.

WMUR reported that today (Jan 28) marks the 34th anniversary of the Challenger tragedy.

The news station stated that Christa was the "first civilian teacher ever chosen for a space mission" and among the seven killed when the Challenger shuttle exploded.

Still heartbreaking all these years later. And I can still recall exactly where I was when I heard the news about the Challenger.