A Coin of Honor

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Due to the graphic nature of the subject, please be advised that this was a “real event” that happen and if you feel upset by the images please talk with someone.  Thank You

Hello listeners of The Legend of Traveling Tardis, where were you on January 28, 1986?  Were at home?  Were you at Work?  OR… Were you at school like this reporter was on that day thirty three years ago watching history and sadness at the same time?

For those not born or were very young at the time there was a monumental event that took place on January 28, 1986; the day the CHALLENGER exploded on live TV.

The crew consisted of:

Francis R. Scobee: Commander

Michael J. Smith: Pilot

Ronald McNair: Mission Specialist

Ellison Onizuka: Mission Specialist

Judith Resnik: Mission Specialist

Gregory Jarvis: Payload Specialist

Christa McAuliffe: Payload Specialist, Teacher (first teacher in space)

Now thirty three years later, The United States Mint will memorialize Christa McAuliffe with a new coin honoring the fallen educator who died, alongside her six crew members, on board the space shuttle Challenger in 1986.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019 on Thursday (Sept. 19), directing the Mint to produce a $1 silver coin in her honor.

In quote from Representative Fred Upton, he state:

“So proud that today the House passed my bill, I am looking forward to 2021 to getting my coin for sure.”

The U.S. Mint is to issue no more than 350,000 of the $1 silver coins in 2021; as it is recognizing the 35th anniversary of the Challenger disaster. The 1.5-inch (3.8-centimeter) coin will feature an image and the name of “Christa McAuliffe” on the front of the coin (heads side) and a design on the backside (tails side) that shows her legacy as a teacher.

The final design will be decided by the Secretary of the Treasury, after they speak with Christa’s family, the Commission of Fine Arts, and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

The U.S. Mint will sell the coins to the public at a price that will inculd the value of the coin, the cost of their design and issue, and a $10 surcharge per coin to benefit “FIRST”. FIRST stands for: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, an organization that uses robotics competitions to engage children in pursuing opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

This reporter wanted to be an astronaut growing up and what sparked that dream was Doctor Who. On that day as this reporter sat in their sixth grade classroom holding a model of the CHALLENGER, given to her by someone close to the mission, her dream of flying into space died that day with the crew. Yet this reporter did mange to fly, because instead of going to space; this reporter gets to teach and fly with The Legend of The Traveling Tardis bringing you stories to educate your minds.

From all of us here at The Legend of The Traveling Tardis we hope that we get a coin to be part of the legacy that is Christa McAuliffe. Christa’s motto was “I touch the future, I teach”.… And that is what we need to be doing touching the future though teaching.

By: Felicia Ann McNamara aka Gadget

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