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Dr Judith Arlene Resnik Status: Deceased. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Mission Specialist. Sex: Female. Marital Status: Single. Birth Date: 05 April 1949. Birth City: Akron. Birth State: Ohio. Birth Country: USA. Nationality: American. Date of Death: 28 January 1986. Cause of Death: Challenger explosion. Group: 1978 NASA Group. Date Selected: 16 January 1978. Departed: 1986. Number of Flights: 2. Total Time: 6.04 days.

Official NASA Biography:

Judith A. Resnik was born on April 5, 1949 at Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Dr. Marvin Resnik, a respected Akron optometrist, and Sarah Resnik. Brought up in the Jewish religion, Resnik was educated in public schools before attending Carnegie-Mellon University, where she received a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1970, and the University of Maryland, where she took at Ph.D. in the same field in 1977. Resnik worked in a variety of professional positions with the RCA corporation in the early 1970s and as a staff fellow with the Laboratory of Neurophysiology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, between 1974 and 1977.

Selected as a NASA astronaut in January 1978, the first cadre containing women, Resnik underwent the training program for Shuttle mission specialists during the next year. Thereafter, she filled a number of positions within NASA at the Johnson Space Center, working on aspects of the Shuttle program. Resnik became the second American woman in orbit during the maiden flight of Discovery, STS-41-D, between August 30 and September 5, 1984. During this mission she helped to deploy three satellites into orbit; she was also involved in biomedical research during the mission. Afterward, she began intensive training for the STS-51- L mission on which she was killed.


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