|Barbara Schwartz August 23, 1993|
RELEASE 93-067 Noon CDT
CREW MEMBERS SELECTED FOR STS-65
USMC Colonel Robert D. Cabana will command the STS-65 mission
scheduled for the summer of 1994 aboard Columbia. Other crew members
are pilot USAF Major James D. Halsell, Jr., and mission specialist USAF
Major Carl E. Walz. Crew members previously named are payload
commander Richard J. Hieb, who was named in September 1992, mission
specialists Leroy Chiao, Ph.D., and Donald A. Thomas, Ph.D., and Japanese
payload specialist Chiaki Mukai, Ph.D. and M.D., named in October 1992.
The STS-65 mission will fly the International Microgravity Laboratory
(IML-2), which has a complement of international experiments focusing on
materials and life sciences research in microgravity. The experiments are
being developed by 80 principal investigators from more than 13 countries.
The payload crew members will perform the experiments during a 13-day
mission while the orbiter is flown in a "gravity gradient" stabilized attitude
(tail toward Earth) to maintain the best possible laboratory conditions with
the least gravitational disturbances in the Spacelab.
Cabana, 44, was pilot on STS-41 in October 1990, a mission to
deploy the Ulysses spacecraft for its 4-year journey to study Jupiter, and on
STS-53 in December 1992, a Department of Defense mission. He was born
in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and received a bachelor of science degree in
mathematics from the United States Naval Academy in 1971.
Halsell, 36, was born in Monroe, Louisiana, and received a master of
science degree in space operations from the Air Force Institute of
Technology in 1985. Halsell was selected for the astronaut corps in
January 1990, and this is his first Space Shuttle mission.
Walz, 37, is a mission specialist on STS-51 scheduled for September 1993,
which will deploy the U.S. Advanced Communications Technology Satellite
and deploy and retrieve the Shuttle Pallet Satellite, during the 9-day mission.
Walz was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and received a master of science degree
in solid state physics from John Carroll University, Ohio, in 1979.
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