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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…

A spectacular sunset launch from Cape Canaveral by a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium+ rocket placed the U. S. Air Force/ Boeing WGS-7 Wideband Global SATCOM into super synchronous transfer orbit July 23, after a 24 hr. delay due to dangerous thunderstorms in the area. Photo Credit: Talia Landman / AmericaSpace

Al Shepard (foreground) and Ed Mitchell, pictured in the Lunar Module (LM) simulator during training. Photo Credit: NASA

Diagram of the hammock layout in the tiny cabin. The Commander occupied the top hammock, positioned fore-aft, whilst the Lunar Module Pilot (LMP) took the lower hammock, positioned athwart-ship. Image Credit: NASA, with thanks to Ed Hengeveld

The tiny Lunar Module (LM) cabin is highlighted in this training view of Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong, fully suited, as he was throughout the 21-hour stay on the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA

Buzz Aldrin, seen in front of the main control console of the Lunar Module (LM) during Apollo 11. Photo Credit: NASA

Covered in lunar grime, and clad only in his water-cooled underwear, Gene Cernan manages a grin for Jack Schmitt's camera, aboard the Lunar Module (LM) Challenger during the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972. The astronauts' space suits can be seen, stashed at the back of the cramped cabin. Above the helmets can be seen the hatch leading to the Command and Service Module (CSM) docking tunnel. Photo Credit: NASA, with thanks to Ed Hengeveld

Within a matter of seconds, the Falcon 9 v1.1 was reduced to debris, plunging back to Earth. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace

First-stage flight of the CRS-7 mission appeared nominal, with catastrophe striking the Falcon 9 v1.1 abruptly. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/AmericaSpace