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Mike Dixon
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posted 07-23-2004 11:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many years ago, (guessing around '78) a publication down here featured an article on women recruited to NASA's astronaut ranks. One of the colour photos featured the candidates in Apollo-style white spacesuits (WSS, group shot and side on) and I can only recall with certainty, Rhea Seddon's inclusion. Naturally, the other ladies would have been (in all likelihood) Judy Resnik, Shannon Lucid, Sally Ride, etc.

Does anyone know where a copy of this photo might be found?

heng44
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posted 09-09-2004 01:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, I have a portrait of Judy Resnik that was taken at this occasion, in WSS holding an Apollo helmet. I don't believe I have the group photo, but I know which one you mean.

Philip
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posted 09-09-2004 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Of that occasion -- presentation of the first STS female astronauts -- a total of 10 official NASA photos exist... I can make scans of those.

Also check the collectSPACE individual astronaut portrait listing of NASA photos and you'll see that about 5 women who made an EVA also have their portrait with white STS EVA-spacesuit!

Mike Dixon
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posted 09-09-2004 10:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Phil, the photo(s) I was referring to were of the ladies in A7L suits... consistent with the time the pictures were taken.

KenDavis
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posted 09-18-2004 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KenDavis   Click Here to Email KenDavis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have always wondered why Resnik was pictured in a AL7B / EVA suit and not the other females. There is also a photo of Bluford, McNair, and Gregroy in A7LB, which is understandable, as group 8 was the first time members of that minority group were selected, but I can't understand a picture of Resnik alone in such a suit.

Any ideas anyone?

Mike Dixon
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posted 09-19-2004 12:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The picture I'm referring to was one featuring all the original female candidates outfitted in A7Ls... not one just confined to Judy Resnik.

FFrench
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posted 01-26-2010 10:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While scouting around the net I came across one of the photos referenced upthread, of Judy Resnik - interesting shot.

OV-105
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posted 01-27-2010 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think there is one of Anna Fisher in one also. If I remember right she had one of Pete Conrad's suit since it was the smallest one NASA had.

heng44
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posted 01-27-2010 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are some of the photos discussed above. The Anna Fisher one was made in 1980 when she did some underwater training together with Joe Kerwin at Marshall.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 01-27-2010 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For what its worth, Judy Resnik is wearing a pretty shabby mock up suit. Anna Fisher on the other hand is in a real A7LB.

ejectr
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posted 01-27-2010 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rick Mulheirn:
For what its worth, Judy Resnik is wearing a pretty shabby mock up suit. Anna Fisher on the other hand is in a real A7LB.
The shabbiness of the suit only serves to magnify the woman's natural beauty.

pokey
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posted 02-01-2010 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for pokey   Click Here to Email pokey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the Resnik pic was for the creation of the McCall mural at JSC. I'll check around a little more on this.

pokey
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posted 02-02-2010 08:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for pokey   Click Here to Email pokey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a '79 NASA pic of McCall holding a photo of Miss Resnik from the same photo session in front of his mural depiction of her. I'm not sure if the photo was created for the JSC mural or if McCall was inspired by the photo for use in his mural. So if anyone knows McCall he will likely be able to answer this simple question.

And here is a photo of Miss Resnik speaking with McCall at the mural's unveiling.

Tykeanaut
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posted 02-02-2010 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are either of the Resnik/Fisher photos still available anywhere?

space4u
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posted 02-03-2010 07:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by pokey:
Here is a '79 NASA pic of McCall holding a photo of Miss Resnik from the same photo session in front of his mural depiction of her.
Thanks for the background info. That helps a lot.

carl walker
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posted 03-19-2010 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carl walker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Tykeanaut:
Are either of the Resnik/Fisher photos still available anywhere?
Images available at NASA Images. Search on Fisher.

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