Barbara Morgan, Teacher and Astronaut Elementary school teacher Barbara Morgan — who was the backup for Christa McAuliffe on the tragic 1986 Challenger mission — finally made it to space this year on the shuttle Endeavour. Morgan talks about teaching, her preparations for the flight, and her time in space.

Barbara Morgan, Teacher and Astronaut

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Barbara Morgan smiles for a photo near the flight deck of Endeavour, while docked at the International Space Station in August. NASA via Getty Images hide caption

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Barbara Morgan smiles for a photo near the flight deck of Endeavour, while docked at the International Space Station in August.

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Earlier this year, former elementary school teacher and astronaut Barbara Morgan finally made it to space on the shuttle Endeavour. In 1986, Morgan was the backup for Christa McAuliffe, the teacher on board the tragic Challenger mission.

Morgan talks about her years teaching, her preparations for the flight, and her time in space.