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Joni Comstock collection on Janice Voss

 Collection — Box: Box 1
Identifier: MSA 309

Scope and Contents

The collection relates to Janice Voss' involvement with her first space flight, STS-57 (in 1993).  Included are three photographs of the mission, an autographed mission t-shirt, and a letter written by Voss to Comstock.  These materials would be useful to researchers interested in the history of NASA flight missions, women in space, women in STEM fields, and space research.


  • 1993-1993
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/08/2012

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyrights belong to Purdue University per deed of gift.

Biographical or Historical Information

Dr. Janice Voss was born on October 8, 1956 to James and Louise Voss in South Bend, Indiana.  Voss attended Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Massachusetts and graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science in 1975.  She then earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, and a Doctorate in Aeronautics/Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977 and 1987, respectively.  Having worked on computer simulations and as a crew trainer at the NASA Johnson Space Center during her graduate studies, Voss took a position at the Orbital Sciences Corporation upon completing her doctorate, where she was involved with mission integration and flight operations.  In January 1990, Voss was selected by NASA to become an astronaut, and qualified as a mission specialist in July 1991. She flew on five space flights from 1993 until 2000, including the STS-57, STS-63, STS-83, STS-94 and STS-99, having logged a total of 49 days and 18.8 million miles in space. From 2004 to 2007, Voss was the Science Director for the Kepler spacecraft at the NASA Ames Research Center. Most recently, she served as Payloads Lead of the Astronaut Office Station Branch. Janice Voss died of breast cancer in February 2012. Sources: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Biographical Data Sheets, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, 1997. Welch, Rosanne.  Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space.  Santa Barbara, Ca: ABC-CLIO, 1998.

Note written by Stephanie Schmitz


1.00 mss._boxes

Language of Materials



The collection includes materials gathered by Joni Comstock that are related to Janice Voss,

Source of Acquisition

Joni Comstock

Method of Acquisition


Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

MSA 9, Janice Voss Collection Betty Nelson papers on Janice Voss MSP 168, Purdue Astronauts collection

Related Publications

Woodmansee, Laura S.; Women Astronauts; Burlington, Ont: Apogee Books, 2002.

Processing Information

Materials have been placed in archival housing for preservation purposes.
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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