History Teacher Making History: Christa McAuliffe ( 1948 September 2nd)


American astronaut chosen for the STS-51-L mission from among 11,000 applications. She was scheduled to become NASA’s first teacher in space, but was tragically killed in 1986 when the Challenger exploded.


CHRISTA McAULIFFE ON KRNN, 9/02:  A professional teacher and crew member on the ill-fated Challenger space shuttle, Christa McAuliffe, was born on this date in 1948.  Please join us in honoring first teacher astronaut on Crosscurrents, 9/02, at 8am.

She started her career as an American history teacher at a middle school in Maryland.

She was posthumously granted the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 2004.


After being chosen to be the first teacher in space, she was a guest on several television programs, including Good Morning America; the CBS Morning News; the Today Show; and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, where, when asked about the mission, she stated, “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.” She had an immediate rapport with the media, and the Teacher in Space Project received popular attention as a result.

#”I touch the future. I teach.”

#”Reach for it. Push yourself as far as you can.””Reach for the stars.”

“I really don’t want to say goodbye to any of you people.”

#”If anything, the overriding emotion is gonna just be excitement.”

“I have the LIFE magazine of the men walking on the moon.”

“Space is going to be commonplace.”

#I have a vision of the world as a global village, a world without boundaries.

#You have to dream. We all have to dream. Dreaming is OK. Imagine me teaching from space, all over the world, touching so many peoples lives. Thats a teachers dream

 Imagine a history teacher making history!

Space is for everybody. It’s not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts. That’s our new frontier out there, and it’s everybody’s business to know about space.

#May your future be limited only by your dreams!

#What are we doing here? We’re reaching for the stars!

One of the NASA “computers” sending astronauts to the moon: Katherine Johnson (1918 August 26th)


Katherine Johnson, (born August 26, 1918, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, U.S.), American mathematician who calculated and interpreted the flight paths of several spacecraft during her more than three decades with the U.S. space program. Her industry helped convey astronauts to the Moon.


KATHERINE JOHNSON ON KRNN, 8/26:  One of NASA’s human ‘computers,’ performing the complex calculations that enabled humans to successfully achieve space flight, Katherine Johnson was born on this date in 1918.  You can count on a 1-2-3-4 playlist on Crosscurrents, 8/26 at 8 am.


In 1939 Johnson was chosen to be one of the first three African American students to enroll in a graduate program at West Virginia University. Later she was a member of a group of NASA employees called “computers,” made up of African American women who exceptional in mathematics and problem-solving.

Johnson also played an significant role in NASA’s Mercury program (1961–63) of manned spaceflights. In 1961 she calculated the path for Freedom 7, the spacecraft that put the first U.S astronaut in space, Alan B. Shepard, Jr. The following year, at the application of John Glenn, Johnson verified that the electronic computer had planned his flight correctly. Glenn subsequently made history aboard Friendship 7, becoming the first U.S. astronaut to orbit Earth. Johnson was also part of the team that calculated where and when to launch the rocket for the Apollo 11 mission of 1969, which sent the first three men to the Moon.

When asked to name her memorable contribution to space exploration, Katherine Johnson talks about the calculations that helped synch Project Apollo’s Lunar Lander with the moon-orbiting Command and Service Module. She also worked on the Space Shuttle and the Earth Resources Satellite, and authored or coauthored 26 research reports. She retired in 1986, after thirty-three years at Langley. “I loved going to work every single day,” she says. In 2015, at age 97, Katherine Johnson added another extraordinary achievement to her long list: President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

Blue Hound Suede Dog Shoes: Old School Rock and Roll Show (KRNN, Aug.24th)



You ain’t nothing but a hound dog

Been snoopin’ round my door

Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh

Honey, lay off of my shoes

You can wag your tail

But I ain’t gonna feed you no more

Don’t you step on my blue suede shoes

You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes


HOUND DOGS AND BLUE SHOES, KRNN 8/24:  Do not step (or chew) on my blue suede shoes.  We invite you to commemorate a new school year with “old school” rock and roll on Sticks And Stones, 8/24 at 10 am.’