The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. -Ronald Reagan
Judy Resnik was born on April 5, 1949 in Akron, Ohio. She attended Fairlawn Elementary School, Perkins Middle School, and Firestone High School. She graduated from Firestone High School in 1966. Education
Career <ul><li>Judy received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie-Melon University and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland. </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Resnik was a design engineer conducting support for NASA sounding rocket and telemetry programs. </li></ul><ul><li>She was also a biomedical engineer at the National Institution of Health. </li></ul>
NASA Dr. Resnik was chosen to be an astronaut and qualified to be a mission specialist. Her first mission was the maiden voyage of the space shuttle Discovery .
Discovery <ul><li>Judith Resnik was the second American woman to go into space . </li></ul>
Dr. Resnik was a well respected eye doctor in Akron. (pictured on the far left)
CHALLENGER <ul><li>Judy was chosen to fly on a historic mission on the Space Shuttle Challenger. </li></ul><ul><li>This mission would include the first civilian to go into space, an American school teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>The shuttle launch was planned for January 28, 1986. </li></ul>
A Diverse Crew RON MCNAIR CHRISTA MCCAULIFFE MICHAEL SMITH JUDY RESNIK GREGORY JARVIS ELLISON S. ONIZUKA RICHARD SCOBEE
Christa McCauliffe This flight was special because it included a high school science teacher named Christa McCauliffe. She had been chosen from thousands to become the first civilian in space. More media attention was paid to this flight than had been in many years. Space shuttle flights had become commonplace.
January 28, 1986 was the coldest day NASA ever attempted to launch a space shuttle.
O-Ring It was determined by the NASA investigation that the Challenger disaster was caused by a frozen O-Ring. The O-Ring is a rubber ring that uses moisture to keep its seal. When the ring became frozen on that fateful day it became brittle and broken. The seal failure caused a breach in the SRB joint it filled, allowing a flare to reach the outside and impinge upon the adjacent attachment hardware and external fuel tank.
Many memorials were held after the accident. The memorial service for Judith A. Resnik was held at Firestone High School on February 3, 1986.
John Glenn Eulogy <ul><li>We have come here today not just to mourn Judy Resnik's death, but even more to celebrate her life. And in my judgment, there is no better way to celebrate her life than to celebrate the cause for which she died. </li></ul><ul><li>-John Glenn </li></ul>
Judith Resnik Scholarship <ul><li>A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a young woman graduating from a public or private high school in the greater Akron area. </li></ul><ul><li>This scholarship is designated for a student accepted into a baccalaureate degree program in the physical sciences, engineering or mathematics at an accredited college or university. </li></ul>
Judy Resnik Award Judith A. Resnik Award was established by the IEEE Board of Directors in 1986 to recognize outstanding contributions to space engineering, within the fields of interest of the IEEE. This award is presented to an individual or team, with preference given to an individual
A historic marker has been placed at Firestone High School to recognize Judy Resnik’s contributions to the space program.
Every year during the week of the anniversary of the accident flowers are delivered by an anonymous person. People have speculated throughout the years who sends the flowers but nobody knows for certain.
Judy Resnik was known to wear a ILY necklace that displayed “I Love You” in sign language. It was one of the few personal items recovered from the wreckage.
Other Accidents in the history of the U.S. Space Program
APOLLO 1 On January 27, 1967 Apollo 1 astronauts Virgil (Gus) Grissom, Roger Chaffee, and Edward White were killed in a flash fire during a simulated launch.
The astronauts were already strapped into the capsule and sealed in with bolts when the fire broke out. There was no way to escape. The capsule is seen at the left.