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Barbara Morgan (Astronaut)
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Astronaut
    (November 28, 1951- )
    Born in Fresno, California
    Resided in McCall, Idaho
    Elementary school teacher
    Teacher-in-space backup for Christa McAuliffe in the space shuttle Challenger mission (January 28, 1986)
    NASA Educator Mission Specialist for space shuttle Endeavor mission (August 8, 2007)
    She missed becoming the first Teacher in Space when Christa McAuliffe was chosen for the Challenger mission.
    The day NASA asked her to train as an educator astronaut, she and her husband had to leave her favorite restaurant and eat at a pizza parlor because the restaurant's menu prices were too high.
    Her scheduled participation in a Columbia shuttle mission was canceled when flights were postponed after the Columbia's failed mission.
    There was a 22 year time span from the start of her space flight training to her first mission.
    She tended to receive more media attention regarding the Endeavor flight than her fellow astronauts on the mission.
    The year of her first flight was controversial for NASA due to allegations of astronauts being drunk during flight and Lisa Nowak's charge of attempted murder.
    After Christa McAuliffe's death, she continued the Teacher in Space program duties in 1986 and became the first Specialist in the Educator Astronaut Project in 1998.
    She resumed her teaching career after the Teacher in Space program ended.
    She left her teaching career in 1998 to become a full time astronaut.
    Among her mission duties were broadcasting lessons to school students and assisting with cargo and hardware transfer to space stations.
    Commander Scott Kelly stated that he saw her more as an astronaut than a educator.
    She was confident during her training years that she would someday participate in a shuttle mission.
    Among her talents were classical flute playing and being a certified amateur radio technician.

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