When celebrated Concord resident and high school teacher Christa McAuliffe died in the Challenger explosion in 1986, an out-of– state donor offered $500,000 to build a monument in downtown Concord. As then-mayor Jim MacKay remembers, the city declined. Instead, the state built a planetarium. Today – 26 years after the state opened the McAuliffe Planetarium — the facility is on its way to becoming a private, nonprofit institution.en the Discovery Center becomes a 501(c)(3).
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