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During her period of going into outer space, there were twelve other women who were active astronauts. There have been a total of forty five women astronauts before her and the number still climbs today as the number is at fifty five. Women are accelerating in this field as more and more women are going to college. The reason why this is important is because of the requirements to become an astronaut include having a bachelor degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics is required, although service in the United States Air Force can exempt this. In addition a new role of Mission Specialist Educators, or “Educator Astronauts”, were first selected in 2004, and as of 2007, there have been three NASA Educator astronauts. Barbara Morgan, selected as back-up teacher to Christa McAuliffe in 1985, is considered to be the first educator astronaut by the media, but she trained as a mission specialist.

Christa McAuliffe who was in the Challenger Disaster

Christa McAuliffe. First teacher in space, but was in the Challenger disaster.

The Educator Astronaut program is a successor to the Teacher in Space program from the 1980s. Piper wasn’t the first women to fly into space, nor the longest space walker, but she was the first woman to go into space from the state of Minnesota. Her diverse background proved that you didn’t have to be rich to become an astronaut nor have parents who were previous astronauts.  I believe that her story allows everyday civilians to realistically believe they can be astronauts too. Her influence and story could make a small girl today become an important part of the space program in the future.

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