The Space Flight Participant Program - Taking the teacher and classroom into spaceNASA established the Space Flight Participant Program as a means to offer periodic opportunities for private citizens to fly on Space Shuttle missions. With the purpose of communicating the mission experience with the general public, it is expected that Space Flight Participants will be included on the crews of two to three Shuttle missions per year. This paper discusses the first flight opportunity - the NASA Teacher in Space Project - provided under this new initiative. Included in the discussion is a review of the events that led to the establishment of the Space Flight Participant Program, a review of the process that led to the selection of Christa McAuliffe as the first Space Flight Participant, a summary of the training activities to prepare a participant for a mission, and an outline of educational activities that will be offered by NASA in conjunction with Shuttle mission 51-L in January 1986 on which Ms. McAuliffe will fly.
Ladwig, A. (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)