Judith A. Resnik

Born April 15, 1949 in Akron, Ohio.  Judith A. Resnik received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and a doctorate in elecgtrical engineering from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Resnik was a design engineer, conducting support for NASA’s sounding rocket and telemetry programs, as well as a biomedical engineer in the Laboratory of Neurophysiology at the National Institute of Health.

Judith Resnik was chosen to be an astronaut and qualified as a mission specialist.  Her first mission was the maiden voyage of Discovery, which completed 96 Earth orbits.  She became the second American woman to go into space.

Dr. Resnik was selected to fly again on space shuttle Challenger mission STS 51-L, which broke apart one minute and 13 seconds after its launch.

Judith A. Resnik made the ultimate sacrifice and lost her life in service to the nation and the space program on January 28, 1986 at 36 years of age.