At age 16, she entered college, then interned with NASA, determined to become an astronaut.
Voss died this week of cancer. One of only six women to have gone into space five times, she explored “the behavior of fire in weightlessness, how plants adapt to extraterrestrial flight” (NYT) and more.
She logged nearly 19 million miles circling the Earth.
Madeleine L’Engle‘s 1963 Newberry Medal Winner tells the story of how Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe, travel through time and space, battling evil powers, searching for the Murry children’s father. More fantasy than science fiction- the characters aren’t imbued with superhuman characteristics – this novel, considered a classic, is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.
I taught A Wrinkle in Time and the four others in the L’Engle’s Time Quintet to urban middle school students. Suspending belief and allowing their imaginations to enter unknown galaxies proved challenging for many. Yet they preserved and came to love the characters and their odyssey.
I don’t know where those former students are now. Maybe some are scientists, inspired by their reading.