Today is the anniversary of the Challenger explosion. That day, Christa McAuliffe lost her life. The Teacher in Space program was shut down by NASA. The hopes and dreams of many Americans died with it.
Twenty one years later, the woman who had been McAuliffe’s back up is going to live her dream. Barbara Morgan of Idaho decided to stay with the astronaut program. She’s a full fledged astronaut trained as a mission specialist. Soon she’ll go off into space just as she hoped two decades ago.
A crew is going into space to install new solar arrays on the International Space Station. Morgan will man the space station’s robotic arms as well as perform other duties on the space shuttle.