WASHINGTON — The space agency today named six women and four men as finalists for a much-sought berth on the space shuttle as the first schoolteacher to go into space.
The 10 teachers, none of them from California, include both of Idaho's semi-finalists and individual teachers from Maryland, Indiana, Virginia, Texas, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and West Virginia.
They range in age from 33 to 45. They topped a field of 114 semifinalists and more than 10,000 teachers who initially sought the seat President Reagan promised last year to set aside for a teacher.
The 10 are: Kathleen Anne Beres, 36, of Baltimore; Robert Foerster, 34, West Lafayette, Ind.; Judith Garcia, 44, Alexandria, Va.; Peggy Lathlaen, 34, Friendswood, Tex.; David Marquart, 43, Boise, Ida.; Sharon McAuliffe, 36, Concord, N.H.; Michael Metcalf, 39, Hardwick, Vt.; Richard Methia, 40, New Bedford, Mass.; Barbara Morgan, 33, McCall, Ida., and Niki Wenger, 45, Parkersburg, W.Va.