Judy Resnik (Photo: NASA)
Growing up in Akron, Ohio, Judith Arlene Resnik attended Hebrew school and played classical piano. As a high school student, she excelled in mathematics and achieved a perfect score on her SAT. Resnik went on to earn both a B.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering.
In 1978, she was recruited into the astronaut program by NASA recruiter and Star Trek
actress Nichelle Nichols. Resnik became the second American woman and first Jewish woman in space in August 1984 when she served as Mission Specialist on the maiden voyage of the Space Shuttle Discovery
Following her Discovery
spaceflight, Resnik was assigned to Challenger
mission STS-51-L, which would launch January 28, 1986. Resnik and the other six crew members aboard Challenger
were killed when the Shuttle exploded seconds after lift-off.
Twenty-five years later we remember astronaut Judy Resnik and invite you to share memories and condolences in her Guest Book.