Resnik, Judith, 1949-1986

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Judith Resnik was born on April 5, 1949 in Akron, Ohio to Dr. Marvin and Sarah Resnik. She attended Akron public schools, graduating from Firestone High School in 1966. She continued her education, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1970, and a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1977. In January 1978, she was selected to join the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). While at NASA, Dr. Resnik worked on projects supporting Orbiter development, experimental software, the Remote Manipulator System, and training techniques. She became the second American woman to travel into space during her service as a mission specialist aboard the maiden voyage of the Space Shuttle Discovery on August 30, 1984. During this historic flight, she aided in the deployment of three satellites into orbit and was involved with biomedical research. On January 28, 1986 while serving her second flight into space, Dr. Resnik and six fellow astronauts were killed during the launch of the space shuttle Challenger when the shuttle exploded shortly after liftoff.

From the guide to the Judith Resnik Papers, 1976-1986, (Archival Services, University Libraries, The University of Akron)

Judith Resnik was born on April 5, 1949 in Akron, Ohio to Dr. Marvin Resnik and Sarah Resnik. She attended Akron public schools, graduating from Firestone High School in 1966. She continued her education, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1970, and a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1977. In January 1978, she was selected to join the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). While at NASA, Dr. Resnik worked on projects supporting Orbiter development, experimental software, the Remote Manipulator System, and training techniques. She became the second American woman to travel into space during her service as a mission specialist aboard the maiden voyage of the Space Shuttle Discovery on August 30, 1984. During this historic flight, she aided in the deployment of three satellites into orbit and was involved with biomedical research. On January 28, 1986 while serving her second flight into space, Dr. Resnik and six fellow astronauts were killed during the launch of the space shuttle Challenger when the shuttle exploded shortly after liftoff.

From the description of Judith Resnik papers, 1976-1986. (University of Akron). WorldCat record id: 431996071

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referencedIn JSC (AV)- Astronaut Judith Resnik Working RMS in Building Number 9A: Rolls 3, 4, 5, and 6, Part 5 of 5 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Dr. Judy Resnik - Space Shuttle Astronaut United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER 103 DISCOVERY STS-14 ABORTED LAUNCH DAY ACTIVITIES United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER 103 DISCOVERY 41-D STS-14 ABORT LIFTOFF AT PAD 39A United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn JSC (MS) - 1978 Astronaut Candidates: Judith Resnik, Dale Gardner, and Jon McBride United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn 41-D - Judith Resnik Interview United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn JSC (MS) - STS-41-D Astronauts Steve Hawley and Judy Resnik Train on Student Crystal Growth Experiment United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn JSC (AV) - "An Arm in Space" (RMS) United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn TERMINAL COUNTDOWN DEMONSTRATION TEST (TCDT) AND PRESS PHOTO SESSION AT PAD 39A United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Resnik, Judith, 1949-1986. Judith Resnik papers, 1976-1986. University of Akron, Bierce Library
referencedIn JSC (AV)- Astronaut Judith Resnik Working RMS in Building Number 9A: Rolls 1 and 2, Part 4 of 5 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn STS-41D NEXT EVENT PHOTO SESSION United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn FORTY-ONE-D (41-D) CREW ARRIVAL United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn JSC (AV) - STS-2 Mission Operations Control Room Sims, Building 30 - Astronauts Sally Ride, James Buchli, Charles Bolden, Robert Crippen, Daniel Brandenstein, Terry Hart, Slayton, and Judith Resnik: Part 2 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Judith Resnik Papers, 1976-1986 Archival Services, University Libraries, The University of Akron
referencedIn Black and White Photograph Files, 1965 - 1991 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn JSC (MS) - STS-41-D Crewpersons Henry Hartsfield, Judy Resnik and Charles Walker in T-38s United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn JSC (MS) - STS 41-D Crewpersons Henry Hartsfield, Judy Resnik and Charles Walker with CFES [Continuous Flow Electrophoresis System] United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Color Photograph Files, 1965 - 2002 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER 103 DISCOVERY 41-D STS-14 ABORT LAUNCH DAY ACTIVITIES United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Color Photograph File Albums, 1963 - 1995 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn JSC (MS) - STS 41-D Astronauts Henry Hartsfield, Judy Resnik and Michael Coats, OAST Training in Fixed Base SMS [Shuttle Mission Simulator] United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn American Bar Association. Commission on Women in the Profession. Women Trailblazers in the Law Oral History Project. Oral history interviews of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession Women Trailblazers in the Law Oral History Project, 2005-2008 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 1903 - 2006. Headquarters Astronaut Interviews. 1965 - 1971. Astronaut interview, Judith A. Resnik
referencedIn SPACE SHUTTLE ORBITER 103 41-D STS-14 FLIGHT READINESS FIRING AND COUNTDOWN DEMONSTRATION TEST AT PAD 39A United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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referencedIn Biographical Data: Judith A. Resnik [sic] Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
referencedIn STS-41D United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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Space shuttles
Space flight training--United States
United States--National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Space shuttles--United States
Space flight training
Astronautics--United States
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Birth 1949-04-05

Death 1986-01-28

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