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Teachers in Flight Finalist and Professor Hopes Weather Holds Out for Final Shuttle Launch

July 8, 2011

Category: Faculty, Teacher Education

by Mark Wineka,

Dr. Cynthia OsterhusCatawba College associate professor Dr. Cyndi Osterhus, a person with highly personal ties to the shuttle program, considered traveling to Florida for the final space shuttle launch.

It's easy to understand why. It could have been her, not Christa McAuliffe, who was supposed to be the first teacher in space 25 years ago before the Challenger explosion.

Osterhus, then Cyndi Zeger, was one of 110 Teachers in Flight finalists, out of 11,000 applicants nationwide. Then she was among the last 20 standing, divided into 10 "pods" of two teachers each. Read more...


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