MCAULIFFE LETTER ON "TEACHER IN SPACE" LETTERHEAD.
Typed Letter Signed ("Christa"), 1 p, 4to, [Houston], n.d. [but 1985], to Michael Gross, on NASA Teacher in Space Project letterhead, light creasing, otherwise fine.
Christa McAuliffe, a history and social studies teacher from Concord, Massachusetts, was selected in 1985 to join the crew of the space shuttle Challenger as the first "Teacher in Space." During the period leading up to the 1986 Challenger disaster, McAuliffe became a media darling; she writes this letter to a young fan: "I am excited about going into space on the Shuttle and I hope that people like you are going to be interested in space as perhaps a job opportunity later on in life. I have always been the type of person who figured out that perhaps we are not the only people around in space, so UFO's have been something that I have been interested in."