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Jarnoparoni
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posted 06-03-2011 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jarnoparoni   Click Here to Email Jarnoparoni     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I want to know if there was a possibility to have a look for the Teacher in Space application from 1985 where the winner was Christa McAuliffe. Is there a copy available in the internet or may be possible to buy such an application? Can anybody help me?

englau
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posted 04-09-2012 11:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for englau   Click Here to Email englau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know if Christa McAuliffe's and Barbara Morgan's (or anyone else's for that matter) applications for the Teacher in Space program is accessible to the public? If so, can you share a link?

Also, I'm watching this video on Morgan right now. Thought I'd share!

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onesmallstep
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posted 04-10-2012 04:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That Idaho public TV program on Morgan was touching and low key in its own way. I especially like her reaction to seeing her 1984 video interview for the Teacher in Space program.

As for the availability of McAuliffe's (or any other astronauts') job application for photocopy/internet viewing/purchase; I doubt it very much, being personal and confidential US government files.

I've only seen portions of her essay quoted on websites like the Challenger Center. And I haven't seen photocopies/originals of any of the other teacher candidates for sale or display, not even a Freedom of Information Act request by the media at the time of the accident, to my knowledge.

MarylandSpace
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posted 04-10-2012 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent for an TIS application way back when.

However, when I saw that I would need my school superintendent's blessing/signature, a (local?) politician's signature, and a catchy project/lesson, I "withdrew" from the application process.

One of my top five space highlights was meeting and chatting with Barbara Morgan and her husband at an Astronaut Hall of Fame dinner about six years ago. I drove 1,100 miles each way for an extended weekend visit that year.

Cozmosis22
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Once NASA had three space shuttles up and running there came an upsurge from "the people" regarding sending regular Americans up into orbit. The US Congress began discussing the idea and a "Citizen in Space" project was proposed. The debate began and the US press corps was all for it and they were ready to go. Then came the big question ... who should go first?

Some advocated that there should be an essay contest open to all. There was for sure some merit to that plan. Of course the overwhelming opinion in the media was that a journalist should fly first. Others argued that an artist ought to go and give us a different perspective on life outside of gravity.

Finally academia chimed in and stated that a schoolteacher would be best to help inspire our children to enjoy learning in general and science in particular. After a lot of lobbying and arm twisting it was decided that indeed a teacher would be the first.

On the day that it was announced there were a lot of long faces in the press corps. They were sure that it would be one of them, after all some had spent years covering NASA, boots on the ground reporting and at times cheerleading the successes of the space program. But it was not to be.

As a consolation prize it was soon after announced that the next "Citizen in Space" would indeed be an American journalist. Among thousands of others I applied for the position but the whole project was scrapped after the Challenger accident.

During the next 25 years that once great idea of sending regular taxpayers into space faded into oblivion and Americans became bored with NASA and space exploration. For all mankind, sadly, a great opportunity was missed.

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