Three weeks after returning to Earth, teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan cheerfully carried out her first space education assignment Monday, sharing the magic of flying in orbit with children at Walt Disney World.
The two pilots who will guide shuttle Endeavour back to Earth next week said Friday they are "absolutely 100 percent" behind NASA's decision to skip repairs to the deep gouge on their spaceship's belly.
Space shuttle Endeavour lifted off into the blue skies above Florida on Wednesday, its seven-member crew headed for the international space station to perform assembly work, repairs and deliver supplies.
They met as part of a NASA program to recognize their under-appreciated profession. They bonded in grief when Christa McAuliffe, the first Teacher in Space, perished with six colleagues in the Challenger explosion in 1986. This week, they are together again.
In 1986, Grace Corrigan watched along with the rest of the stricken nation as the space shuttle Challenger, carrying her daughter, Christa McAuliffe, and six other crew members, exploded in the blue skies over Cape Canaveral, Florida. Today, Corrigan keeps her daughter's dream of being the first teacher in space alive through her work at the McAuliffe Center.