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Janice E. Voss

Janice E. Voss
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
Time in space
49d 3h 49m
Selection 1990 NASA Group
Missions STS-57, STS-63, STS-83, STS-94, STS-99
Mission insignia

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 1
  • Career 2
  • Cygnus 3
  • VOSS Model 4
  • Notes 5


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.


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]


The Cygnus CRS Orb-2 capsule was named SS Janice Voss in her honor.[9]

VOSS Model

The VOSS Model is a scaled model of the solar system, dedicated to Janice Voss, located at Purdue University’s Discovery Park in West Lafayette, Indiana.[10]

The cornerstone of the Visiting Our Solar System interactive exhibit in Discovery Park is the design of the sun, which is 45 feet in diameter. Surrounding the VOSS sun (pictured here) are the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune set into a series of curved, 6-foot-high walls. Jeff Laramore and Tom Fansler of Smock Fansler Corp. of Indianapolis were the designers of the $1.5 million project. (Purdue University photo/Mark Simons)


  1. ^ "Former astronaut Janice Voss dies in AZ at age 55". 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".  
  5. ^ "Janice Voss".  
  6. ^ a b "NASA Biography". Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  7. ^ "Spacefacts biography of Janice E. Voss". Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  8. ^ "Women in Space". Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  9. ^ Matt Bradwell (15 August 2014). "The ISS just dumped 3,300 lbs of space trash to burn up in Earth's atmosphere". UPI (SpaceDaily). 
  10. ^ "The VOSS Model - Purdue University". 
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