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Barbara Radding Morgan is the first NASA astronaut designated as
an Educator Mission Specialist or teacher in space and she
will become the
first teacher in space. Morgan initially trained as the
backup to Christa McAuliffe for the ill-fated STS-51-L mission of
Space Shuttle Challenger and has remained involved in the space
Barbara Morgan was born November 28, 1951, in Fresno,
California. She is married to writer Clay Morgan of McCall, Idaho.
They have two sons. She is a classical flautist who also enjoys
jazz, literature, hiking, swimming, cross-country skiing, and her
family. Her parents are Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Radding.
Hoover High School, Fresno, California, 1969; B.A.,
Human Biology, with distinction, Stanford University, 1973; Teaching
Credential, College of Notre Dame, Belmont, California, 1974.
Morgan began her teaching career in 1974 on the
Flathead Indian Reservation at Arlee Elementary School in Arlee,
Montana, where she taught remedial reading and math. From 1975-1978,
she taught remedial reading/math and second grade at McCall-Donnelly
Elementary School in McCall, Idaho. From 1978-1979, Morgan taught
English and science to third graders at Colegio Americano de Quito
in Quito, Ecuador. From 1979-1998, she taught second, third, and
fourth grades at McCall-Donnelly Elementary School.
Morgan was selected as the backup candidate for the
NASA Teacher in Space Program on July 19, 1985. From September 1985
to January 1986, Morgan trained with Christa McAuliffe and the
Challenger crew at NASAís Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas.
Following the Challenger accident, Morgan assumed the duties of
Teacher in Space Designee. From March 1986 to July 1986, she worked
with NASA, speaking to educational organizations throughout the
country. In the fall of 1986, Morgan returned to Idaho to resume her
teaching career. She taught second and third grades at
McCall-Donnelly Elementary and continued to work with NASAís
Education Division, Office of Human Resources and Education. Her
duties as Teacher in Space Designee included public speaking,
educational consulting, curriculum design, and serving on the
National Science Foundationís Federal Task Force for Women and
Minorities in Science and Engineering.
Selected by NASA as a mission specialist in January 1998, Morgan
reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1998. Following the
completion of two years of training and evaluation, she was assigned
technical duties in the Astronaut Office Space Station Operations
Branch. She then served in the Astronaut Office CAPCOM Branch,
working in Mission Control as prime communicator with on-orbit
crews. More recently, she served in the Robotics Branch of the
Astronaut Office. Morgan is assigned to the crew of
STS-118, an assembly mission to the International Space Station.
The mission will launch in August 2007.
The mission will
mark the first flight of an Educator Astronaut, the successor
program to NASA's Teacher in Space Project (which ended in tragedy
when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff
during STS-51-L). It is the final scheduled flight of the Spacehab
module and is the first flight of Endeavour since STS-113 in
November 2002, the last successful flight before the loss of Space
Shuttle Columbia on STS-107. The STS-118 mission will deliver the
starboard S5 truss segment to the International Space Station.
Did you know?
Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was
the First Woman in Space. She flew on the Vostok 5 mission
which was launched on June 16, 1963.
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