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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 Akron…
At EST on December Gemini 7 blasts off from Cape Canaveral, carrying astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell into space for a mission that lasted 13 days, 18 hours, 35 minutes. (Please note this posted to the minute!
Former Ohio U. Senator and astronaut John Glenn—the first American to orbit the Earth and the third in space—died on Thursday at the above gallery shows, the American hero was a fixture in LIFE Magazine throughout the Space Race era, as the U.