Aug 9, 2007
6:36 this evening. Endeavor lifts off from Cape
Canaveral into space. On board is Barbara Morgan, age 55, who
trained along with Christa McAuliffe, the teacher who died on the
Challenger in 1986.
Gifted teachers, these two. Not just imparting wisdom to their students. Imparting wisdom to the whole human species, by flying as our emissaries out into space.
Emissaries of a species - as far as we know, unique on this planet, and likely unique in this solar system, and maybe beyond - who yearn to go beyond where we were born. A species that looks up to the sky, and wonders what is out there, beyond that, and what role we will play, just cosmic toddlers now, in that future.
Teachers usually convey knowledge that others have discovered. Christa McAuliffe was set to discover and convey what she saw at the beginning of the vast world of space beyond our planet- when her journey was interrupted.
Barbara Morgan resumed that journey a few hours ago. We'll wait back here on Earth, eyes to the sky, to learn from her vision.