2 Institute Drive, Concord New Hampshire 03301
603 271-7831 Fax 603 271-7832
The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium is named for the woman who was to be the first civilian in space, an "ordinary" schoolteacher who was to communicate the wonders of space exploration to "ordinary" people, but who died along the the other 6 crew members of the Space Shuttle Challenger when it exploded 73 seconds after liftoff.
The idea for a planetarium was suggested by Louise Wiley, a teacher from Northwood, New Hampshire, and was chosen from among many other ideas because it combined Christa's dream of traveling through space with her dedication to teaching. The legislature in her home state of New Hampshire voted to to appropriate funds to construct a planetarium as a fitting tribute to her memory, an institution that would continue her work of teaching.
Construction was completed in little more than a year. Then on June 21, 1990, the Planetarium, located in Concord, began its mission to educate, incite and entertain learners of all ages in the sciences and humanities by actively engaging them in the exploration of astronomy and space science.
Other Science nearby:
(Concord) Christa McAuliffe Planetarium
(Concord) Conservation Center
(Portsmouth) Seacoast Science Center
(Concord) The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium
10/19 Coming to The Concord area
Taste of the Valley Plymouth NH March21 Experience all of your favorite local flavors. Several restaurants from the region will be there hoping to win your vote in the "Best in Show" competition.
Seacoast Home and Garden Show Durham NH March23-24 The 19th annual show features more than 225 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services for your home.
Green Mountain Film Festival Montpelier VT March22-31 Culture reigns at the Green Mountain Film Festival, featuring powerful programming on a wide range of subjects, interesting and often unexpected guests, and a convivial atmosphere.
7th Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival Providence RI April20 Your Beer Festival Admission Ticket will allow you UNLIMITED SAMPLING of more than 250 brewers, live music, food and MUCH MORE at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
New England Folk Festival Mansfield MA April19-21 A fabulous blend of dance, music, crafts, and food from many lands.
Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival Vernon CT April27 The festival, started in 1909 by the CT Sheep Breeders Association, as a program ""to promote the keeping of sheep in Connecticut"", has evolved and expanded into a premier sheep and fiber festival by providing exhibits, demonstrations and over 60 vendors from the sheep, wool and fiber arena.