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Judith Resnick - April 5, 1949 – January 28, 1986 - was an engineer and a NASA astronaut who died in the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger during the launch of mission STS-51-L. Resnik was the second American woman astronaut, logging 145 hours in orbit. She was a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and had a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland. The IEEE Judith Resnik Award for space engineering is named in her honor.  She was born and raised in…

Judith Resnick - April 5, 1949 – January 28, 1986 - was an engineer and a NASA astronaut who died in the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger during the launch of mission STS-51-L. Resnik was the second American woman astronaut, logging 145 hours in orbit. She was a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and had a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland. The IEEE Judith Resnik Award for space engineering is named in her honor. She was born and raised in…

Original seven U.S. astronauts pose next to their spacecraft, Project Mercury.  John Glenn, front right is the only one still living in 2014.  Top row in bow tie appears to be Flight Director Chris Craft.

Original seven U.S. astronauts pose next to their spacecraft, Project Mercury. John Glenn, front right is the only one still living in 2014. Top row in bow tie appears to be Flight Director Chris Craft.

John Glenn, Gus Grissom, John Shepherd, and Wally Schirra stand together during a photo shoot during Project Mercury Training in 1962.

The TIME Vault: August 8, 1977

John Glenn, Gus Grissom, John Shepherd, and Wally Schirra stand together during a photo shoot during Project Mercury Training in 1962.

Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong becomes the first astronaut to step onto the lunar surface, July 20, 1969.

Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong becomes the first astronaut to step onto the lunar surface, July 20, 1969.

Christa McAuliffe, (1948 - 1986) Teacher/astronaut, she died in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger

Christa McAuliffe, (1948 - 1986) Teacher/astronaut, she died in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger

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