Christa McAuliffe (right) and Barbara Morgan (left) watch the launch of the Challenger shuttle for mission STS-61A. Morgan was the back-up for the Teacher In Space payload specialist position.
Johnson Space Center's caption:
Barbara R. Morgan and Sharon Christa McAuliffe (right) are pictured during a visit to NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Launch Complex 39 to witness the launch of the space shuttle Challenger. McAuliffe is scheduled to launch aboard the space shuttle Challenger, STS-51L mission, herself early next year as the United States' first in-space citizen observer. Morgan is the backup for the Teacher-in-Space Project's payload specialist position. The photo was taken by Keith Meyers of the New York Times.
This image has been cataloged by the Johnson Space Center as Photo ID: S86-25294.
McAuliffe, Sharon Christa, 1948-1986, John F. Kennedy Space Center, Launch complexes (Astronautics), Challenger (Spacecraft), Space Shuttle Program (U.S.), Morgan, Barbara R., 1951- , Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (Fla.)
NASA, "Morgan and McAuliffe Watching Challenger Launch, October 1985" (2015). Challenger STS-51-L Image Collection. 102.
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