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The Sad, Thrilling Story of Judith Resnik, the First Jewish Woman In Space

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Judith Resnik would have been 68 today. If you don’t remember her, someone in your family surely does. Resnik was an engineer and astronaut who tragically perished in the Challenger explosion in 1986, a generation-defining moment of horror. But she was the first Jewish American in space and a popular, playful figure as well as a brilliant scientific pioneer.

Watch Kveller’s video about Resnik’s inspiring life below, in honor of her birthday, and discover some facts you might not have known about the astronaut:

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