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Remembering The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster: 27 Years Ago Today
2013-01-28 11:23:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Today marks the 27th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, which ended the lives of seven crew members. On January 28, 1986, Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing NASA astronauts Greg Jarvis, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Michael J. Smith and Dick Scobee, along with NH school teacher Christa McAuliffe. McAuliffe was the first member of the Teacher in Space Project, and was...

2011-01-29 00:02:02

Students in McAuliffe's Home Town Plan Community-Wide Space Science Night Attended by McAuliffe's Mother Framingham, MA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 27, 2011 Christa McAuliffe's passion for engaging students in space science is evident at the school bearing her name in Framingham, MA -- but this was not always the case. Only two years ago, students at the Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School received unacceptable scores in the space science portion of a state mandated test. Inspired by...

2011-01-15 00:00:43

January 28, 2011 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy, in which Christa McAuliffe and six other crew members were killed. The events leading up to that day, as told by NASA officials and the family, friends and students of McAuliffe, are documented in the powerful 75-minute film, "Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars." For the anniversary, filmmakers Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges are offering this dramatic coverage to news outlets, as well as...

2008-06-27 15:00:00

Veteran space shuttle astronaut Barbara R. Morgan will leave NASA in August to become an educator at Idaho's Boise State University. NASAs first educator astronaut, Morgan logged more than 305 hours in space aboard shuttle Endeavours STS-118 assembly mission to the International Space Station in August 2007. She operated the shuttle and station robotic arms to install hardware, inspect the orbiter and support spacewalks. Morgan also served as loadmaster for the transfer of supplies between...

2008-04-30 21:00:00

CHICAGO -- One night 24 years ago, Barbara Morgan watched the news and saw an opportunity she said she could not resist, setting in motion two decades of effort, a lot of heartache and a display of "tenacity and perseverance" that the Adler Planetarium will honor Thursday with its 2008 Women in Space Science Award. She was a second-grade teacher in McCall, Idaho, when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced that it was recruiting educators for its Teacher in Space...

2007-08-03 10:35:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- When former schoolteacher Barbara Morgan leaves Earth on a space shuttle next week, she hopes her students back in Idaho learn a lesson from her 22-year wait to get into orbit: perseverance and patience. That's what defines teachers, said the astronaut, who is achieving her dream at age 55. Morgan will fly with six other astronauts to the international space station on the shuttle Endeavour, assuming launch goes forward on Tuesday as planned. The mission comes less...

2005-05-07 08:55:00

NASA -- They were ejected, spun, strapped, blindfolded, dunked in water, looped, rolled, flipped, floated, left in a forest, taught to eat leaves and roots, "injured" and rescued. It may sound a lot like a script from a hit reality show, but these challenges surpassed any task ever seen on an episode of 'Survivor' or 'Fear Factor.' Today, NASA's astronaut candidates selected May 6, 2004, mark a major milestone "“ completion of a year of training toward becoming the next generation...

2003-12-12 06:00:00

Educator-astronaut Barbara Morgan will visit the International Space Station in 2003. Science@NASA -- NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe today announced that Barbara Morgan, the agency's first Educator Astronaut, has been assigned as a crewmember on a November 2003 Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station. Today's announcement was highlighted with a ceremony at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore and fulfills the Administrator's commitment earlier this year to send an...

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