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Janice Voss dies at 55; astronaut on 5 shuttle missions

Janice 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.

February 13, 2012
  • Janice Voss was one of six women to fly in space at least five times.
Janice Voss was one of six women to fly in space at least five times. (NASA )

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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