DescriptionChrista McAuliffe and the Teacher in Space Program: Collection of Original NASA Photos. An historic collection of twenty-nine vintage 1985 photos that document the "Teacher in Space" program- the candidates, the training, physical tests, meeting the flight crew, etc. Included are twenty-five color silk-finish, red-caption photos and four B&W glossies. Most picture McAuliffe and a few show her STS-51-L backup Barbara Morgan (who eventually flew on STS-118 as a mission specialist). We've never encountered most of these images before. A real behind-the-scenes look at the program by NASA's top photographer. Some have handwritten notations on the verso or front margin. Generally excellent.
Also included is a signed photo and autograph letter signed from Kathie Beres who was one of the finalists in the teacher selection process. She has inscribed the photo: "Dear Pat, You're the only photographer that kept me/ smiling after you took the picture!! Thanks for/ making it so easy for me. You made my days at JSC extra/ memorable! I'll never forget you- Love, Kathie Beres". The letter reads, in part: "Hi [smiley face]. You're a real sweetheart- but I always/ knew that. THANKS for all the photos - now I have/ some real proof that I was really in the space/ program!..." Her NASA and Teacher in Space Foundation business cards are taped to the back of the photo. From the personal collection of longtime NASA photojournalist Andrew "Pat" Patnesky.
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