Meet Astronaut Barbara MorganNov 20, 2017 11:00 AM - Nov 25, 2017 07:00 PM Kennedy Space Center
NASA selects astronauts from a diverse pool of applicants with a wide variety of backgrounds from scientists to pilots. From the thousands of applications received, only a few are chosen to be a member of the elite NASA Astronaut Corps. Each day at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, visitors get the rare opportunity to meet veteran NASA astronauts.
Included with daily admission, the daily Astronaut Encounter briefings allow time for discussion, so bring your questions and your camera. Visitors also have the opportunity to get an astronaut’s autograph at The Space Shop at the Visitor Complex at various times during the day. See the Daily Schedule for times when you arrive.
With additional purchase, visitors can enjoy a n exclusive group presentation with a veteran astronaut that includes a question and answer session during Lunch With An Astronaut offered at noon daily.
Astronaut Barbara Morgan had a unique path to NASA. She is, first and foremost, a grade school teacher. After completing degrees at Stanford University and the College of Notre Dame, she started teaching remedial reading and math on the Flathead Indian Reservation at Arlee Elementary School in Arlee, Montana, in 1974. The following year she moved to Idaho and taught remedial reading and math in second, third and fourth grade at McCall-Donnelly Elementary School. Morgan stayed here until 1998 but also had a year-long trip to Ecuador where she taught English and science to third graders from 1978 to 1979.
During her time at McCall-Donnelly Elementary School, she was selected as the backup candidate for the NASA Teacher in Space Program. The selected candidate was Christa McAuliffe, but in the wake of the Challenger accident, Morgan assumed the position. Her flight onboard Space Shuttle Endeavor launched in 2007 and involved repairs and updates to the International Space Station. Most notably, the crew installed a system that enabled docked shuttles to draw electrical power from the station.
Until 2008, her duties included public speaking, educational consulting, curriculum design, and serving on the National Science Foundation's Federal Task Force for Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. She continues to make public appearances and currently works as the Distinguished Educator in Residence at Boise State University in the colleges of Engineering and Education.
Meet Astronaut Barbara Morgan