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Christa McAuliffe day designated

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has proclaimed a day in tribute to a local teacher who died in the NASA space shuttle Challenger disaster decades ago.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said Jan. 28 would be known as Christa McAuliffe Day in honor of the Concord woman selected to become the first educator in space out of 11,000 applicants.

McAuliffe never made it to orbit because she and six crewmates were killed when the Challenger broke apart shortly after takeoff on Jan. 28, 1986.

McAuliffe would have been NASA’s first designated teacher in space. She was going to experiment with fluids and demonstrate Newton’s laws of motion for schoolchildren.

Astronauts Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold recently said they will pay tribute to McAuliffe by carrying out her science classes on the International Space Station.

Daltrey, Frampton to play Tanglewood

LENOX, Mass. (AP) — The Who frontman Roger Daltrey, the Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton and Andy Grammer are among the artists added to Tanglewood’s Popular Artists series this summer.

The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday that Daltrey and the Boston Pops will open the season June 15 with a performance of The Who’s iconic rock opera “Tommy.” It will be Daltrey’s first performance at the venue since 1970.

Frampton, who made his mark in the early 1970s with hits including “Show me the Way,” is scheduled to open for the Steve Miller Band on July 2. The band’s 1970s hits including “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Take the Money and Run” still receive heavy airplay on classic rock radio stations.

Grammer’s show is scheduled for June 22.

Jones returns to Olympics as big fan

NEW YORK (AP) — Super fan Leslie Jones is returning to the Olympics.

The “Saturday Night Live” comedian is joining NBC’s coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics as a contributor, reprising her role from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The network said Tuesday that Jones will attend Olympic events, meet athletes and spread her enthusiasm for the games on television and online. The games run Feb. 9-25.

Jones posted a photo on Twitter of her dressed in red, white and blue gear while working out on an exercise machine with the caption, “Guess What Time It is Y’all!!!!! And Guess Where I’m Going!!!!! Slay All Day USA!!!!!!!”

During the Rio Games, Jones had been live-tweeting while watching the games in the U.S. and posted a video of herself decked out in the American flag and wearing plastic gold medals.

Upon seeing it, NBC Olympics president Jim Bell invited her to Rio.

Bell says: “Experiencing the Olympics through the lens of Leslie is unlike anything else. Her passion for Team USA is contagious, and her adventures in South Korea should be fascinating.”

Jones was an Emmy nominee for “SNL” and hosted last year’s BET Awards.

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