Janet Lynn Kavandi
June 2, 1998: Astronaut Janet Lynn Kavandi took off on the first of her three missions into space. She orbited the earth a total of 535 times. Born in Carthage, she graduated from Carthage Senior High School, Missouri Southern State College, and the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.