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Judy Resnick
Judith Resnick

April 5

1991 - Sonny Carter, American astronaut born in 1947, dies while on NASA business, in the crash of Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311.

1991 - The launch of (GRO) Compton Gamma Ray Observatory. The purpose of the  mission is to obtain gamma-ray measurements over the entire celestial sphere, with significantly improved angular resolution and sensitivity over previous gamma-ray space missions. Compton was safely deorbited and re-entered the Earth's atmosphere on June 4, 2000.

1949 - she.pngBirthday, Judith Resnik, American astronaut (d. 1986 - Challenger).
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It is my conclusion that human evolution and the motions of matter in space are intrinsically linked. The observation and understanding of the complexity of biological history on Earth cannot be complete without the tandem observation and understanding of a dynamic greater cosmos. - SpaceGene