AP: Christa McAuliffe no longer an Astronaut

Knock, knock. Hello? Anyone home at the AP?

Weather improving for tomorrow’s shuttle launch

Associated Press Aug. 7, 2007, 4:40PM

Christa McAuliffeCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The weather is improving for Wednesday’s planned launch of Endeavour on a space station delivery mission featuring NASA’s first educator-astronaut.

Seven astronauts are assigned to the mission, but the spotlight is on Barbara Morgan, who was Christa McAuliffe’s backup for Challenger’s doomed mission in 1986.

Christa McAuliffe was the first educator-astronaut. Because she died doing her job does not disqualify her from the title.

I hope she and the rest of the STS-51-L crew will be watching over the Endeavour.