Author's Note: Please excuse some of the blurry photographs. Since this was 1986 the photographs weren't the best in the world.
You may be wondering why I'm writing an article on a teacher. Everyone knows we come to Whyville to escape school. But, this isn't about some teacher who died from cancer and founded an organization. No. This is about a teacher who wanted to go up into space. But she never made it there.
Christa McAuliffe wrote to NASA for the "Teacher In Space" program. It was a program meant for an educator, a regular person, a teacher to go up in space, teach a lesson, and spark the minds of students everywhere further into space. Christa McAuliffe taught Social Studies, History, (whatever you prefer to call it . . . ) at Concord High School in Concord, New Hampshire. She wrote in her entry to the Teacher in Space program in 1984 and received the announcement that she would be traveling to space on July 19, 1985. Along with runner-up, Barbara Morgan, she jumped into immediate astronaut training for the tough road ahead.