Judy ResnikJudith A. Resnik was born in Akron, Ohio. She received a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1977 selected as an astronaut by NASA in January of 1978.
Resnik's first shuttle flight was STS 41-D which launched on August 30, 1984.
Her second flight, STS 51-L, was the ill-fated last flight of Challenger. Resnik and her fellow crew members died when a fault in one of the Solid Rocket Boosters caused the spacecraft to be destroyed.