Judith Arlene Resnik (April 5, 1949 – January 28, 1986) was an American engineer, pilot and NASA astronaut. She died when the Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed during the launch of mission STS-51-L. She was also aboard Space Shuttle Discovery for its first mission, STS-41-D in 1984. She spent 145 hours in space. She was the first Jewish American in space and the first Jewish woman in space.
Resnik in September 1978
|Status||Killed during mission|
|Died||January 28, 1986 (aged 36)|
Time in space
|6d 00h 56m|
|Selection||1978 NASA Group|
Resnik was born in Akron, Ohio. Her family was Jewish. She earned degrees at Carnegie Mellon University (B.S.) and the University of Maryland (Ph.D.). She was married to Michael Oldak from 1970 until their divorce in 1975.
On January 28, 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after launch. Resnik and all six others aboard died.