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January 29, 2007


That was a beautiful tribute to this impressive woman who died way too young. I was surprised to learn that the disaster occurred 21 years ago. It certainly was one of those events, like Watergate and 9/11, that shaped a generation.

A lovely and deeply felt post Danny. Very profound on so very many levels...Beautiful and touching. Thank you for reminding us all of these moments in time that are seared into our minds and hearts...

Wow. Your writing constantly floors me. I forgot that it was the anniversary. I hope you don't mind, but I may have to write a post about my experience with it. I'll attribute, of course. Weird that the Bears were in the Super Bowl that year too.

Incredible piece.

My husband graduated from Virginia Military Institute as did Christa McAuliffe's husband. It's a small Southern military academy with big traditions, including several that revolve around the class ring. Each class' ring is unique, designed just for that year's class. Christa was carrying her husband's ring into space when she boarded Challenger. After her death, her husband's former classmates at VMI raised money to have an exact replica of the original made for him.

This is one great post...I too had forgotten the anniversary but I remembered reading your post that I was pregnant with my daughter, sitting at the edge of my bed watching the take off, and the subsequent fireball, and the sad. All these years later, still sadness...what might have been learned from that, we'll never experience.

Wonderful tribute!

I can still remember the moment I learned of the disaster. I had only been teaching a few years, and one of my colleagues saw me in the hall at school and asked, "Aren't you glad you're not the first teacher in space?" Puzzled I asked why, and she told me that the shuttle had just exploded. My first thought was, "Those poor families!" I'll never forget that moment.

I loved this post, Danny. Brought me back.

A really moving, beautifully written post, Danny. I remember the Challenger disaster as a frozen moment, like the news of JFK's assassination (one of my earliest memories). This brings back the crushing disappointment, which only followed hours of denial: perhaps...?

This was a great tribute. I really admire your writing. I always learn something new from you. I hope it's OK that I put a link to you on my blog.

Danny: Thanks for this remembrance. In 1986, we were beginning to take space flight for granted. I was listening on the radio - and I believe some of the networks had already stopped airing the lift-offs - when Challenger exploded.

At the time, I was working as an aide in local politics and lucky enough to meet some very charismatic and important people. But, no one inspired me more than Ron Nash when he spoke at a dinner for minority science students at Cal State University, Northridge. He told us about his experiments, and what he expected to see in space. Then, he said something that might sound corny as I write it here. He said that each person in the room that night could become an astronaut, or a scientist, or whatever it is that they dreamed of becoming, with drive and education. Coming from Dr. Nash, however, these words held a sense of integrity and destiny.

Thanks again for remembering Judy Resnick. NASA and the US space program were never the same after Challenger. But, the people on board live on as heroes.

Thank you for this lovely post and for remembering Judy. I miss her lots!

Judy Resnik (spelled without the c) was my cousin. I had just moved to New Zealand a month before the Challenger explosion. We were supposed to rendezvous the previous Thanksgiving in Southern California before my family and I headed to New Zealand, but as usual, her other commitments took precedence and we didn't meet. We had a long phone conversation though, and I knew she was due to fly on the Challenger in late January. Because of the time difference, I awoke on the morning of 29 January 1986 to hear of the Challenger explosion on the morning news. I was in shock. I phoned the local radio station to get a list of the astronauts on board the Challenger, hoping against hope that for some reason, Judy wasn't on it. Sadly, this was not the case.
I have remembered every anniversary of the Challenger explosion and think of Judy. I still miss her. She was brilliant and beautiful, with a great sense of humor. I hope what she achieved in her short life serves to inspire others to take on great challenges and accomplish great things in their lives.

I remember Judy and the crew like yeasterday. hard to believe it's been 21 years. Judy'Ron'El'Christa'Greg'Dick and mike,were some of anerica's best. and im so happy that they are being remembered. may they rest in peace.

I'm sorry to be posting on your forum. I would like to contact someone who knew Judy and her family personally about a dream I had the day the Challenger blew up. Please contact me: [email protected].
Suzanne Romey

A fine and touching tribute. A nephew is on track to become an astronaut one day. His grandmother does not like the idea at all. I repeated what Ronald Reagan said in his address about the Challenger Disaster: "The future is not for the faint of heart." Ms. Resnik proved that throughout her amazing life.

That was an unbelievably moving tribute and beautifully written. I had tears in my eyes the entire time while reading it.

Thank you for sharing your memories and throughts of your friend.

Wow, this post made me want to cry. I was very young when the Challenger mission failed, so I don't remember how the nation reacted. Still, it is very sad, especially to think that something that was supposed to be a happy thing turned tragic so quickly. I can only imagine how the observers felt as they watched what was happening. My heart goes out to Judy Resnick's friends and family, along with the loved ones of all the others who died in the explosion. Thank you for this post. It was very touching.

Hey Judy

Im so sorry!

God bless the crew and love to all of you

i love this astronaut shes really pretty

i love this girl she rocks

I want to assure the family that we remember Judy. We remember every day of every year, not just in January and April, and our love and concern goes out to the family and friends of Judy today, as always. With love and great respect. tr

What a difference and inspiration this has givin to so many people. although i feel bad we all no they made a difference!

Thank you so very much for this article, I had planned to do a write up myself, as I always commemorate January 28th, still to this day.

She was my childhood hero. I was so amazed by her achievements! And how could one not be? That was one of the worst days of my life, watching my hero....I can't even say it. 73 seconds. "Go with throttle up", "Obviously a major malfunction".

That last one was such a painful understatement. We had a snow day that day, so I was watching live at home. I was in the 5th grade, and to this day I've never, ever been able to do math since 28 January 1986.

Thank you for such a beautiful article, it's so wonderful to know that other people out there were also "wowed" by My Hero Judy (and actually I had never realized that she was Jewish, not that I would have cared had I known).

I am now an adult with two beautiful and very bright children, and I teach them all the time about my hero. I can only hope that they will come close to matching her accomplishments.

thats very sad.She looks beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for remembering Judy - she was my idol and has been important to me - a young girl ( at that time ) in far away Austria...I will never forget her.....

We will remember this young enthusiastic lady. That is unexpected event which is always possible to occur.

I knew a team of student in US. They are working on a project to enhance safety for astronaut in real and testing working environment.

Hope their works will be a great contribution to the world science.

Belatedly, thank you for this post. I have only the barest recollections of the Challenger disaster and did not know Judy Resnick at all before your post. What a wonderful woman.

I never met Judith Resnik, but after reading "Riding Rockets" by Mike Mullane. I sure would have liked too. It sounds like she was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. RIP Challenger crew.

I am reading 'Riding Rockets', everyone should read it btw !
And the bond between Mike and Judith stands out ! Mike is the male chauvinistic pig as produced by a Militairy upbringing but he admires this
female astronaut because she does a great job and has a great sense of humor.
So sad this accident, why was there no adequate escape sytem in the
Shuttle ?
Its now 25 years ago , but the imagines are still in my brain.....
Rest in peace Judith and Crew
rarebear from the Netherlands

God Bless You & Keep You Ms.Judy.

Thank you so much for your touching walk down memory lane! I and my now deceased wife, Maria, were VERY good friends with Judy and Mike while they were married and with each after they divorced. Judy and I were EEs at RCA. She was an exceptionally gifted engineer and such a sweet and endearing person. I always felt very close to her as if we had known each other in a former lifetime.

We loved them both so much that we almost moved to Alexandria to be near them after Michael decided to go to law school. I have many fond memories of great times we shared. I miss her so much.

I also always remember the terrible tragedy and think of her often. I look forward to seeing her and all my other loved ones someday!

Judy was very pretty and a wonderful individual she was just as important as the teacher and the other astronauts she accomplished many goals in her short life I hope she knew that she was important too she is with heavenly father now God bless. Suzan

Its unfortunate that we don't know what is ahead in life for us if only the astronauts knew what was ahead they would have never boarded the shuttle and they would all be alive today accomplishing things Christa could of seen her children grow up and marry and have children of their own its such a shame. Susan.

I was a court reporter in Akron, Ohio, at the time Judy graduated from high school. She typed transcripts in our office for two summers and during some college breaks. She was and still is the most gifted person I have ever met. I'm certainly not surprised with her success in her short life. It is very unfortunate that her life ended so soon.

Judy was a beautiful lady and deserves all the praise that she accomplished in her life and she should know that she was loved

All the astronauts of challenger were special they all met the same horrible fate they are at peace now and are with heavenly father. Suzan

Thank you for posting this. Judy Resnik is my idol and I hope to be like her someday. And I'm glad that she can touch a new generation.

Astronaut Judy Resnik broke so many glass ceilings in her own quiet way. What a shame!!!!!! The 30th anniversary was observed at Carnegie-Mellon University this past week. I have a photo of Judy as a Campus Queen Candidate at CMU 4/70. Jerry Siskind -- Electrical Engineering classmate at CMU.

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