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Janice Voss Breast Cancer

February 28, 2012 by staff 

Janice Voss Breast Cancer, Janice Voss spent 49 days of her 55 year life in space. Her first mission was in 1993 — and her last in 2000. She lost her battle with breast cancer overnight on Monday.

Though a native of South Bend, Ind., she considered herself a Rockfordian. She attended middle school at Guilford Center.

Her legacy will live on at the Rockford Discovery Center Museum. She donated her flight suit and an Illinois flag she took to space to the Museum.

“I think she was a real inspiration to our commmunity knowing that someone who actually lived here and went to grade school here went on to get a doctorate degree and become a famous astronaut,” says Sarah Wolf, the Museum’s Executive Director.

Voss’ missions took her to space five times. She was one of only six women to travel to space on that many ocassions. During her last trip on the International Space Station in 2000 she and her crew mapped 47 million miles of the Earth’s surface.

As a mission specialist, she specialized in payloads and experimentation. She attended Purdue University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“I think certainly her memory is gonna live on in the minds of many many people for many generations.” Wolf says.

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