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NASA Facts NASA's Educator Astronaut Program

NASA Facts NASA's Educator Astronaut Program

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NASA Facts booklet on the Educator Astronaut Program
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NASA’s Educator Astronaut Program
The Program
Education is a core mission of NASA, and theaddition of the unique skills and talents of America’s best educators working on some of  NASA’s most ambitious missions will help theAgency to inspire the next generation of explorers.The Educator Astronaut Program supports NASA’s Education mission and aims to moti-vate students and educators to study science,technology, engineering and mathematics;attract more people to the teaching profession;and, enable leading educators to reach beyondtheir local community and affect a larger,national audience.The Educator Astronaut will be a fully quali-fied member of NASA’s Astronaut Corpstrained to perform all of the functions andresponsibilities (space walks, ISS deployment,experiment management, etc.) that theAgency’s Mission Specialist astronauts arequalified to perform.By inviting and selecting educators to becomeEducator Astronauts and permanent membersof the Astronaut Corps, these unique individu-als will help NASAto explore bold frontiers inscience, technology, engineering and mathe-matics, as well as the surrounding universe, inways never before accomplished.Individuals selected to become Educator Astronauts will be eligible for multiple spaceflight opportunities during their service to NASA.Educator Astronauts will provide a direct con-nection between America’s educators and stu-dents, and the various careers and opportuni-ties associated with space exploration and the Nation’s space program.Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan has beenselected for her first space flight, STS-118—aconstruction mission to the International SpaceStation. While all scheduled flights of theSpace Shuttle are on hold until further notice,Barbara Morgan will fly in the future. NASAis flying missions currently on theInternational Space Station.
The Process
Educators who are U.S. citizens and certifiedK-12 educators with a minimum three yearsin-classroom teaching experience within the past four years are qualified to apply. Theymust also have a bachelor’s degree in physical
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