Induction Ceremony of NASA Astronauts into the Jewish-American Hall of Fame
In partnership with the Jewish Heritage Center and the Jewish-American Hall of Fame
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Join us as we induct Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman and Dr. Judith Resnik into the Jewish-American Hall of Fame. Dr. Hoffman will talk about his experiences in the NASA Space Program and Dr. Charles Resnik will give a talk about the life of his sister, Judith, who was a NASA Astronaut and who died in the January 28, 1986 Challenger explosion. Help us celebrate and honor the lives of these two extraordinary Americans who have contributed another chapter to the history of Jews in America.
Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman has been a professor in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics since August 2001. He received a BA in Astronomy (summa cum laude) from Amherst College (1966); a PhD in Astrophysics from Harvard University (1971); and an MSc in Materials Science from Rice University (1988). As a NASA astronaut (1978-1997) he made five space flights, becoming the first astronaut to log 1000 hours of flight time aboard the Space Shuttle. He has performed four spacewalks, including the first unplanned, contingency spacewalk in NASA’s history (STS-51D; April 1985) and the initial repair/rescue mission for the Hubble Space Telescope (STS-61; December 1993). Following his astronaut career, Dr. Hoffman spent four years as NASA’s European Representative, working at the US Embassy in Paris. His primary research interests are in improving the technology of space suits and designing innovative space systems for human and robotic space exploration. Dr. Hoffman is director of the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium, responsible for space-related educational activities. He is Deputy Principal Investigator of an experiment on NASA’s Mars 2020 mission, which will for the first time produce oxygen from extraterrestrial material, a critical step in the future of human space exploration. In 2007, Dr. Hoffman was elected to the US Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Dr. Judith Resnik was an American engineer and a NASA astronaut who died when the Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed during the launch of mission STS-51-L. Dr. Resnik was the second American female astronaut in space, logging 145 hours in orbit. She was also the first Jewish American in space, and the first Jewish woman of any nationality in space. She received a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University (1970) and a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland (1977). She was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. The IEEE Judith Resnik Award for space engineering is named in her honor.