The Sally Ride Science blog features a series of science-themed entries designed to help elementary and middle school teachers illustrate real-world applications of science concepts and spark classroom discussions.
The first blog installment, “Back to School, Back to Space,” features daily entries about NASA astronaut and teacher Barbara Morgan’s August 2007 flight to the International Space Station. “Back to School, Back to Space” shares Morgan’s experiences about being a teacher in space and provides an up-close look into her daily activities.
The blog entries, located online at www.sallyridescience.com/blog, were authored by journalist Irene Klotz, a freelance writer and columnist specializing in aerospace. Klotz kept in touch with Morgan throughout the mission to develop the blog material.
NASA astronaut Barbara Morgan began her teaching career in 1974. Morgan was selected as the backup candidate for the NASA Teacher in Space program in 1985. She trained with Christa McAuliffe and the Challenger crew at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. After the Challenger accident, Morgan assumed the duties of Teacher in Space Designee.
In fall 1986, she returned to Idaho to resume teaching at McCall-Donnelly Elementary School, where she remained until 1998. During that time, she continued to work with NASA’s Education Division.
In 1998, Morgan was selected by NASA as a mission specialist and reported to the Johnson Space Center. After 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.
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