Some money from Shepard’s new auction goes to Challenger facilities

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Some money from Shepard's new auction goes to Challenger facilities

Centers created by the families of the Challenger crew

One seat on an upcoming Blue Origin New Shepard flight will be taken by the mystery person who bid $28 million in a special auction.About $19 million of that sum will go to nonprofit organizations working to teach and inspire the next generation of space travelers, including Challenger Centers.The centers were created by the families of the Challenger crew, which included New Hampshire teacher Christa McAuliffe.There are 40 Challenger learning centers around the country, offering hands-on STEM programs.

One seat on an upcoming Blue Origin New Shepard flight will be taken by the mystery person who bid $28 million in a special auction.

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  • Money from Blue Origin seat auction going to Challenger Centers, other nonprofits


  • Updated: 9:23 AM EDT Jul 21, 2021

About $19 million of that sum will go to nonprofit organizations working to teach and inspire the next generation of space travelers, including Challenger Centers.

The centers were created by the families of the Challenger crew, which included New Hampshire teacher Christa McAuliffe.

There are 40 Challenger learning centers around the country, offering hands-on STEM programs.