Launch of Space Shuttle Challenger, 1985. (Universal History Archive/REX/Shutterstock )
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Crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
Space Shuttle Endeavour astronaut mission specialist and former teacher Barbara R. Morgan (L) waves after addressing the media after arriving at the Kennedy Space Center’s shuttle landing facility July 16, 2007 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The crew will participate in the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test this week in preparation for their planned August launch to the International Space Station. Morgan was picked as a backup in 1986 to Christa McAuliffe in the Shuttle Challenger’s tragic flight.
Barbara Morgan (2Nd From Right) Training With Christa Mcauliffe And Crew In The Zero G Aircraft.
Christa McAuliffe (R) and Barbara Morgan pose for a portrait in this undated file photo. According to sources familiar with NASA, Barbara Morgan, an Idaho elementary school teacher and Christa McAuliffe’s backup to fly aboard the Challenger in 1986, will be assigned as a mission specialist on a shuttle flight to the international space station in 2004. Morgan has been in astronaut training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston since 1998, when NASA announced the official resumption of the Teacher in Space program.