Purdue solar system sculpture to honor astronaut

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A NASA astronaut who died this year will be honored at Purdue University with a sprawling interactive sculpture depicting the solar system.

Purdue students designed the sculpture, which will be installed in 2014 in honor of Janice Voss, who flew on five space shuttle missions. The Purdue alumna and South Bend native died in February at age 55 from complications of cancer.

Purdue officials were scheduled to 3 three-foot-high model of the sculpture Friday.

When completed, the full-size sculpture will span the length of a football field and include a model of the sun with a diameter of as much as 30 feet surrounded by the planets, including a 6-inch-wide Earth.

Each planet will be lighted and suspended from curved walls at a new mall at Purdue's Discovery Park.

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