Teacher in Space Project
Christa McAuliffe (left) and Barbara Morgan pose in front of the Space Shuttle mission simulator (SMS) after their selection for TISP.|
The Teacher in Space Project
(TISP) is a NASA
program designed to educate students and spur excitement in math, science, and space exploration. Christa McAuliffe
was selected to be the first teacher in space in 1984
with Barbara Morgan
as her alternate. McAuliffe died during the launch of the 25th Space Shuttle
, which was to make her the first teacher in space. NASA halted the TISP until 1998
amid concerns surrounding the risk of sending civillians to space.
Morgan was selected as the first Educator Astronaut in January, 1998. Morgan is assigned to the crew of STS-118 which may launch sometime in 2005.