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UTC Challenger Center set to observe 20th anniversary

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Perry Storey and Dr. June Scobee Rodgers Perry Storey and Dr. June Scobee Rodgers
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - In January 1995, the Challenger Center at UTC officially began its mission, welcoming students from throughout the Tennessee Valley to explore the wonders of space travel.

Since that time, thousands of students and teachers have completed the mission.   Dr. June Scobee Rodgers is the driving force behind the Challenger Center for Space Science Education.   Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee was her husband.  He along with six others, lost their lives in the accident that occurred 73 seconds after liftoff on January 28, 1986.

Like the space program itself, the Challenger center has to constantly update its technology, and change with the times.   Director Perry Storey helps keep it moving forward.

As the 20th anniversary celebration nears, the Challenger Center continues to be a crown jewel on UTC's campus, and a main anchor of the 47 Challenger Centers worldwide.   Its founders are proud of a science curriculum second to none, that is also a fitting tribute to American heroes.


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