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Judy Resnik Obituary

4/5/1949 - 1/28/1986| Visit Guest Book
Judy Resnik (Photo: NASA)
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.
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