When the Challenger shuttle, which had history teacher Christa McAuliffe
on board, exploded the executives at NBC knew a lot of children would be devastated by her loss as the shuttle launch was shown in many schools. A script was immediately written in which the character of Punky had to come to terms with what the shuttle explosion meant. See more
Penelope 'Punky' Brewster
Me and my dog Brandon want to be astronauts. We want to be like Buzz Aldrin who walked on the moon, and Sally Ride, the first woman in space. We want to explore outer space, discover new planets, and ride Harley's comet. Brandon wants to be the first dog on Mars, I just hope they have fire hydrants there. I've wanted to be an astronaut ever since I was a kid, whenever I'd look out my window at night, I'd think 'boy, I wonder what's out there in outer space' and someday I'm gonna find out. ...