TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, NASA, Teacher in Space Project letterhead, November 19, 1985. Letter to the seventh grade class at Jenks Junior High School of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, in full: “Thank you for your wonderful letters. Unfortunately, I cannot answer each one. My training keeps me very busy and I have been receiving as many as 100 letters a week from people all over the country. I am delighted that so many people are excited about the teacher–in–space project. At the present time, I am planning to teach two lessons from the shuttle and I hope that all of you will have an opportunity to watch. The first lesson will be a field trip through the shuttle and will give you an idea of how people must adjust to live in space. The other lesson will be about why we are in space and will explain some of the experiments that are flown aboard the shuttles and will also mention the satellites which are launched on my mission. Hopefully, these lessons will answer many of your questions. I am enclosing some information about the shuttle and about NASA. I am excited about my upcoming trip in January but I am also missing my classes of junior and senior high school students in Concord, New Hampshire.” McAuliffe adds a brief handwritten postscript, “Your letters are great!” In fine condition. Accompanied by a copy of a letter from former Jenks High School teacher Gregory Henderson, in part: “I always believed my students should be aware of the events of their community and beyond…When this Teacher in Space project was announced I followed it in the newspapers & national magazines. The Life magazine special issue…was used to show my students and discuss the program in space. As a teacher, you can see I saved a lot of documents & materials concerning my class projects. An extra-credit homework assignment led to letter writing to Christa McAuliffe.” Also accompanied by various ephemera related to the Teacher in Space Project, including: the referenced Life magazine from December 1985; a 3.25″ in diameter pin for STS:51–L, showing McAuliffe in her blue flight suit; a Space Center–Houston postcard; a WSBE–TV press release announcing a schedule change for the coverage of the Teacher in Space program; a memo for the Teacher in Space Project broadcast on January 29, 1986; two NASA-printed Teacher in Space Project pamphlets; and three NASA Facts pamphlets, dated 1984–85. A wonderful assemblage of material related to the inaugural Teacher in Space Project and its ill-fated pioneer, McAuliffe. Pre-certified Zarelli Space Authentication.
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