Challenger STS 51-L: Ephemera

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NASA

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Publication Date

1-1-1986

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CONTENTS:

GENERAL RELEASE 5

GENERAL INFORMATION 7

51-L MISSION — QUICK LOOK 8

51-L BRIEFING SCHEDULE 9

TRAJECTORY SEQUENCE OF EVENTS 10

SUMMARY OF MAJOR ACTIVITIES 11

51-L PAYLOAD AND VEHICLE WEIGHTS SUMMARY 12

TRACKING AND DATA RELAY SATELLITE SYSTEM AND TDRS-B 14

INTERTIAL SUPPER STAGE 17

SPARTAN-HALLEY MISSION 18

MISSION OPERATIONS 20

TEACHER IN SPACE PROJECT 22

SHUTTLE STUDENT INVOLVEMENT PROGRAM 24

(The following pages are in Press Release 2.)

COMET HALLEY ACTIVE MONITORING PROGRAM 26

PHASE PARTITIONING EXPERIMENT 27

FLUID DYNAMICS IN SPACE 28

U.S. LIBERTY COINS 29

51-L FLIGHT CREW DATA 30

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Challenger, NASA, STS-51L, Space Shuttle, launch, press kit, Teacher In Space, flight plan

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Challenger Mission STS-51L

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Article

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Excerpt from page 22:

TEACHER lN SPACE PROJECT

Project History

President Reagan announced on Aug. 27, 1984, that a teacher would be chosen as the first private citizen to fly on the Space Shuttle. The Teacher in Space Project is part of NASA’s Space Flight participant Program designed to expand Shuttle opportunities to a wider segment of private citizens with the purpose of communicating the experience and flight activities to the public through educational and public information programs. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) was selected by NASA to coordinate the selection process. The Council is a non-profit organization comprised of the public officials responsible for education in each state. In November 1984, an Announcement of Opportunity was distributed, listing the eligibility requirements and a description of the selection process and criteria, medical requirements and responsibilities of the teacher selected to fly on the Shuttle mission. Applications were accepted from Dec. 1, 1984 to Feb. 1, 1985. More than 11,000 teachers from the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin islands, Department of Defense overseas schools, Department of State overseas schools and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools applied for the flight. State, territorial and agency review panels each selected two nominees for a total of l 14 nominees. The l 14 nominees met in Washington, DC from June 22-27, 1985, for a National Awards Conference which focused on various aspects of space education. During their stay in Washington, all nominees met formally and informally with the National Review Panel, which selected the 10 finalists. On July 1, 1985, the 10 finalists were announced and on July 7 they traveled to Johnson Space Center for a week of thorough medical examinations and briefings about space flight. From July 15-18, each of the finalists was interviewed by a NASA Evaluation Committee made up of senior NASA omcials. The committee made recommendations to the NASA Administrator who selected Christa McAuliffe and Barbara Morgan as the primary and backup candidates for the NASA Teacher in Space Project. Live Lessons Teacher observer Christa McAulifi'e will conduct two lessons on Flight Day 6 of the mission. The first lesson will begin at approximately 1 1:40 am. EST; the second is scheduled for approximately 1:40 pm. EST. The first lesson entitled “The Ultimate Field Trip” will allow students to compare daily life on the Shuttle with that on Earth. Conducting a tour of the Shuttle for viewers, McAuliffe will explain crewmembers‘ roles, show the location of computers and controls and describe experiments being conducted on the mission. She also will demonstrate how daily life in space is different from that on Earth in the preparation of food, movement, exercise, personal hygiene, sleep and the use of leisure time. The second lesson, “Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going, Why?” will help the audience understand why people use and explore space by demonstrating the advantages of manufacturing in the microgravity environment, highlighting technological advances that evolve from the space program and projecting the future of humans in space.

Press Kit January 1986: Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRSB) and Teacher In Space Project

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