A Purdue University alumna and former astronaut passed away Monday.
Janice E. Voss, died of breast cancer in Scottsdale, Ariz.; she was 55. Voss, a South Bend, Ind. native, graduated from Purdue in 1975 with a degree in engineering science.
Voss began as an astronaut in 1991, joining the ranks of 22 other Purdue graduates to wear the same title. Voss’ time in space includes 49 days and 18.8 million miles.
Voss was a large advocate of the NASA space program and could frequently be found giving lectures on the subject around the country. Voss encouraged students to realize the value of science and math in an education.
Voss donated memorabilia to Purdue’s Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives a result of frequent invitations by Purdue to return to the University. Voss said she was impressed by the family atmosphere the University extended to it’s astronauts.
In five space flights, Voss served as payload commander twice and oversaw experiments on the first commercial space lab.
Details for memorial services have yet to be released.