Janice Voss dies at 55; astronaut on 5 shuttle missions

Janice Voss, 55, a NASA astronaut who first worked for the space agency as a teenager and flew five shuttle missions in seven years, died Feb. 6 in Scottsdale, Ariz., where she was receiving treatment for breast cancer.

Voss flew four missions in the 1990s before a flight to the International Space Station in 2000. Her final trip was part of a radar topography mission that mapped more than 47 million square miles of Earth's surface.

NASA said Voss was one of six women to fly in space at least five times.

A native of South Bend, Ind., Voss started with NASA while attending Purdue University in 1973. She received a master's and a doctorate from MIT and worked as a NASA instructor before being selected as an astronaut in 1990.

-- Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports


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