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Teacher in Space Project

Teacher in Space Project
Logo of the Teacher in Space Project
Duration 1984-1990
Goals Spur student interest in mathematics, science, and space exploration
Achieved Launched Christa McAuliffe on STS-51-L; killed during launch in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster
Organizer NASA
Related programs Educator Astronaut Project
Teachers in Space, Inc.

The Teacher in Space Project (TISP) was a NASA program announced by Ronald Reagan in 1984 designed to inspire students, honor teachers, and spur interest in mathematics, science, and space exploration. The project would carry teachers into space as Payload Specialists (non-astronaut civilians), who would return to their classrooms to share the experience with their students.

NASA cancelled the program in 1990, following the death of its first participant, Endeavour on August 8, 2007.

Teachers In Space was revived as a privately sponsored project in 2005.

Barbara Morgan and Christa McAuliffe, backup and primary TISP participants for Mission STS-51-L


  • NASA programs 1
    • Educator Astronaut Project 1.1
  • Private program 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

NASA programs

TISP was announced by President

  • Teachers in Space, Inc.
  • [3]
  • [4]
  • Barbara Morgan-Astronaut, Teacher in Space, NEA Member
  • President Reagan's Remarks to the Finalists in the Teacher in Space Project (June 26, 1985)

External links

  1. ^ "Astronaut bio S. Christa Corrigan Mcauliffe Teacher In Space Participant (Deceased)". NASA. April 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Christa's Lost Lessons". Space Educator’s Handbook (OMB/NASA Report #S677). Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  3. ^ """About Mission 51-L "Teacher In Space. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Kevin Hart (28 January 2011). "Twenty-Five Years Later, McAuliffe’s Legacy Endures". National Education Association. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Reagan, Ronald (1986-01-28). "Address to the nation on the Challenger disaster". Office of the President. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  6. ^ Cynthia Kopkowski (May 2007). "She’s Gonna Need a Sub". National Education Association. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Schnider, Mike (2007-08-04). "After 22-Year Wait, Teacher Barbara Morgan Ready To Blast Off To Space Station". The Free Library. Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  8. ^ Wright, Edward (2005-03-31). "Teacher In Space Candidate Completes Proficiency Flight". X-rocket. Archived from the original on 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  9. ^ Tumlinson (2006-10-16). "Masten Space Systems Donates Rocket Ride to Teacher". Space Frontier Foundation. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  10. ^ Tumlinson (2006-04-21). "New Teachers In Space Program Gains Momentum". Space Frontier Foundation. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  11. ^ Tumlinson (2007-08-08). "Godspeed Barbara Morgan; Plans for Large Numbers of Teachers in Space". Space Frontier Foundation. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  12. ^ "Teachers in Space". Teachers in Space. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  13. ^ "Embry-Riddle’s New Degree Program in Commercial Space Operations to Sponsor Teachers in Space Summer Workshops". Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. June 11, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Weekly Update: NASA Education". NASA Office of Education. August 1, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ "Elizabeth (Liz) Kennick, Teachers In Space, Friday, 2-21-14". The Space Show. February 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ "May Teachers in Space Newsletter" (PDF). Teachers in Space, Inc. June 4, 2014. 


See also

[17][16] 5 original Pathfinders (James Kuhl, Rachael Manzer, Lanette Oliver, Chantelle Rose, and Michael Schmidt) remain with the program, also Vice President Joe Latrell and several teacher volunteers. [15] In 2014, Program director Elizabeth Kennick incorporated the Teachers in Space project as an educational nonprofit in New York, spinning it off from the Space Frontier Foundation.

On June 11, 2013, [13][14]

The United States Rocket Academy partnered with the SFF in 2006, and worked to draft rules for a "pathfinder" competition to select the first Teachers in Space. The rules were announced at the Wirefly X PRIZE Cup Competition held at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, New Mexico in October 2007.[11] Applications were accepted until November 4, 2008. On July 20, 2009, Teachers in Space announced its first group of "Pathfinders": astronaut teacher candidates.[12]

Armadillo Aerospace, Masten Space Systems, PlanetSpace, Rocketplane Limited, Inc., and XCOR Aerospace pledged flights to the new Teachers in Space project.[9] Advisors to the new Teachers in Space project include SpaceShipOne builder and Ansari X-Prize winner Burt Rutan, X-Prize founder Peter Diamandis, Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and private astronaut and X-Prize sponsor Anousheh Ansari.[10]

In the early 21st Century, the Teacher in Space project was revived in the private sector. The development of reusable, suborbital launch vehicles by commercial companies makes it possible for nonprofit groups to contemplate sending large numbers of teachers into space. The new Teachers in Space program began in 2005. In March 2005, Teacher in Space candidate Pam Leestma, a second-grade teacher and cousin of Space Shuttle astronaut David Leestma, completed a training flight aboard a MiG-21 operated by X-Rocket, LLC.[8]

Private program

Twelve years after McAuliffe's death, Barbara Morgan was selected as the first Educator Astronaut.[6] She was assigned to the crew of [7]

In January 1998, NASA replaced the Teacher In Space project with the Educator Astronaut Project. Instead of training teachers for five months as Payload Specialists who would return to the classroom, the Educator Astronaut program required selectees to give up their teaching careers, move to Houston, and become Mission Specialists (full-time NASA astronauts).

Barbara Morgan, NASA's first Educator Astronaut, speaks to an audience of students and media during a January 2007 demonstration at Space Center Houston.

Educator Astronaut Project

McAuliffe died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster (STS-51-L) on January 28, 1986.[3][4] After the accident, Reagan spoke on national television and assured the nation that the Teacher in Space program would continue. "We'll continue our quest in space", he said. "There will be more shuttle flights and more shuttle crews and, yes, more volunteers, more civilians, more teachers in space. Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue."[5] However, NASA decided in 1990 that spaceflight was still too dangerous to risk the lives of civilian teachers, and eliminated the Teacher in Space project. Morgan returned to teaching in Idaho.

[2] She planned to teach two 15-minute lessons from the Space Shuttle.[1]

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