Janice E. Voss

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Janice E. Voss
Janice Voss.jpg
NASA Astronaut
Nationality American
Status Deceased
Born (1956-10-08)October 8, 1956
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Died February 6, 2012(2012-02-06) (aged 55)
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.[1]
Other occupation
Engineer
Time in space
49d 3h 49m
Selection 1990 NASA Group
Missions STS-57, STS-63, STS-83, STS-94, STS-99
Mission insignia
Sts-57-patch.png Sts-63-patch.png Sts-83-patch.png Sts-94-patch.png Sts-99-patch.png

Janice Elaine Voss (October 8, 1956 – February 6, 2012) was an American engineer and a NASA astronaut. She flew in space five times, jointly holding the record for American women.[2] Voss died on February 6, 2012, from breast cancer.[3][4]

Education[edit]

Voss graduated from Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, in 1972.[5] She earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Purdue University while working on a co-op at the Johnson Space Center. She earned an S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1977. After studying space physics at Rice University from 1977 to 1978, she went on to earn a doctorate in aeronautics/astronautics from MIT in 1987.

Career[edit]

Voss was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1990 and flew as a mission specialist on missions STS-57 (1993), STS-63 (1995), STS-83 (1997), STS-94 (1997) and STS-99 (2000).[6][7] All of her flights included another female astronaut as well.[8]

During her career as an astronaut, she participated in the first Shuttle rendezvous with the Mir space station on STS-63: it flew around the station, testing communications and inflight manoeuvres for later missions, but did not actually dock. As an STS-99 crew member on the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, she and her fellow crew members worked continuously in shifts to produce what was at the time the most accurate digital topographical map of the Earth.[3]

From October 2004 to November 2007, she was Science Director for NASA's Kepler Space Observatory, an Earth-orbiting satellite designed to find Earth-like extrasolar planets in nearby solar systems. It was launched in March 2009 and was still operational at the time of her death at age 55 from breast cancer.

At the Astronaut Office Station Branch, she served as the Payloads Lead. She also worked for Orbital Sciences Corporation in flight operations support.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Former astronaut Janice Voss dies in AZ at age 55". KTAR.com. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  2. ^ "Our View: ‘Job well done’ in space ends after 30 eventful years". Rockford Register Star (Rockford, Illinois). July 11, 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. 
  3. ^ a b "NASA astronaut Janice Voss dies, flew on five space shuttle missions". Collect Space. February 7, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ Pearlman, Robert Z. (February 7, 2012). "Janice Voss, veteran of 5 space shuttle flights, dies at 55". msnbc.com. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Janice Voss". NASA Ames Research Center. January 2003. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "NASA Biography". Jsc.nasa.gov. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  7. ^ "Spacefacts biography of Janice E. Voss". Spacefacts.de. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  8. ^ "Women in Space". History.nasa.gov. Retrieved 2012-02-08.