Janice Voss was a top space astronaut with five space missions. There have only been (8) men who have been in space more than she had. She was born in South Bend, IN on Oct. 8, 1956, She came to Rockford and lived here from 1960 to 1967.
Her educational background was outstanding, earning an engineering science Degree in 1975 from Purdue University, and a MS Degree in Electrical Engineering and computer science in 1977. She earned her PH.D. in aeronautics/astronautice in 1987 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also studied space physics at Rice University in 1977 - 1978.
Ms. Voss was a celebrated astronaut and was selected by NASA in Jan. 1990 to be an astronaut. She had extensive knowledge that led to her being selected to serve on a spacecraft. Her first mission was on Endeavour in 1993 and again in Feb. 2000.
She is accredit to all women and other astronauts. It is indeed outstanding that only (8) other men have been in space more than she has.
Janice Voss died of breast cancer in 2012, when she was 55 years old. She will always be known as a great American.