Akron in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Astronaut Judith Resnik
"The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future and we'll continue to follow..."
President Ronald Reagan
As the second American woman in space, Judith Resnik (1949-1986) paved the way for the future of women in space exploration. A gifted science and music student and valedictorian of Firestone High School's class of 1966, she earned a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1977 and was accepted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as an astronaut candidate in 1978. Her first flight was on the inaugural mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1984. Resnik was aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger as a mission specialist on January 28, 1986, when it exploded just 73 seconds after lift-off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. All seven crewmembers died in the explosion.
Erected 2003 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The International Paper Company Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 24-77.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° Touch for map. Marker is adjacent to the Firestone High School parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 333 Rampart Avenue, Akron OH 44313, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Gate Lodge, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens (approx. 0.9 miles away); Stan Hywet Hall (approx. one mile away); Treaty of Fort McIntosh Boundary Line (approx. 1.2 miles away); Elm Court / Our Lady of the Elms (approx. 1.3 miles away); Yeck Family Portage Path North Terminus Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); 1797 Portage Path Survey (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Portage Path Connected Lake Erie with the Ohio River (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Old Portage Path (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Akron.
Also see . . .
1. Judith A. Resnik, Challenger Center Bio. (Submitted on June 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Judith Resnik NASA Bio. (Submitted on June 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Judith Resnik at Jewish Virtual Library. (Submitted on June 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Education • Exploration • Science & Medicine •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,020 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.