James Shelton VOSS
NASA Astronaut (Col. U.S. Army, retired)
Lindon. B. Johnson Space Center, USA
DATA AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
March 3, 1949 in Cordoba, Alabama, but he sees Opelica,
Alabama as his native town.
In 1972 he graduated from Auburn University, and in 1974
Colorado University in Boulder at a scholarship granter
by the U.S. Army. In 1974 he finished the infantry officer
initial training courses (cum laude), in 1975 he graduated
from the airborne school and special service school (cum
laude and award for leadership). In 1983 he finished the
U.S. Navy test-pilot school in Patthewcsent River and staff
college of the armed forces at Norfolk navy base, Virginia.
FAMILY STATUS: Married, has a daughter.
AWARDS AND RANKS:
He has a bachelor's and master's degree of aerospace technology
(1972 and 1974).
Flights and woodwork, skis and skin-diving, softball and
amateur airplane building, was a wrestling all-star in Auburn
After coming back to the USA from service in West Germany,
where he served as a platoon leader commander, staff reconnaissance
officer, company commander, for three years Voss worked
as a teacher at the chair of mechanics in the military academy
Following his studies in the U.S. Navy test-pilot school
in Patthewcsent River, he was directed to the Flight-Engineering
Center of the U.S. Army, in which he served as a test-engineer.
In 1984 he was directed to Johnson Space Center in Houston,
where he worked as a testing engineer.
In June 1987 he was enlisted to the NASA astronaut team
(12th recruitment). In 1988 he finished a general space
training course and was qualified as a mission specialist.
From March 1996 through December 1997 he had training at
Yu. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center as a backup (M. Foule,
then A. Thomas) for flying to the Mir Space Station under
NASA-5 and NASA-7 programs.
J. Voss performed four space flights.
The first flight from November 24 to December 1, 1991
on Atlantis (STS-44).
Thesecond flight in December 2 -9, 1992 on Discovery
The third flight in September 7 -18, 1995 as a payload
operations manager on Endevour (STS-69) with SPARTAN platform.
During this flight he made an egress into space.
The forth flight in May 19 - 29, 2000 on Atlantis (STS-101).
On November 17, 1997 J. Voss was appointed a member of the
ISS-2 prime crew and in 1998 started training with Yu. Usachev
and S. Helms.