Barbara Morgan

Barbara Morgan

Former NASA Astronaut

Barbara Morgan is a veteran educator and retired NASA astronaut.  She is the public-school teacher who trained with the Challenger crew as the backup for Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe.  Later, after teaching 24 years in diverse locations including the Bay Area of California, the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, Colegio Americano in Quito, Ecuador, and a small mountain town in Idaho, Morgan was selected to NASA’s 1998 class of astronaut candidates.  She flew on space shuttle Endeavour in 2007 to help construct the International Space Station, travelling 5.3 million miles and logging over 305 hours in space.  On that mission, Morgan served as shuttle and station robotic arm operator, loadmaster, educator, and flight deck crewmember for entry and landing.  After 10 years of astronaut service, Morgan retired from NASA to serve as the Distinguished Educator in Residence (now Emeritus) at Boise State University, leading policy and program development, and mentoring in STEM.  She also continues her work with national and international education organizations, non-profits, and NASA.  Morgan is honored to have two public schools carry her name.      

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International Teacher Liaison Breakfast

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

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