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Barbara Schwartz October 28, 1993

RELEASE: 93-082 Noon CDT

CREW SELECTED FOR SPACE SHUTTLE MISSION STS-68

USN Captain Michael A. Baker will command the STS-68 Space Radar Laboratory-2 (SRL-2) mission scheduled for the fall of 1994 aboard Atlantis. Other crew members are USMC Terrence W. Wilcutt as pilot and mission specialists Steven L. Smith, Peter J. K. "Jeff" Wisoff, Ph.D., and USN Commander Daniel W. Bursch. Thomas David Jones, Ph.D., was named payload commander in August 1993.

SRL-2 will take radar images of the Earth's surface for Earth system sciences studies including geology, geography, hydrology, oceanography, agronomy and botany.

Baker, 39, was pilot on two space shuttle missions, STS-43 aboard Atlantis in August 1991 and STS-52 aboard Columbia in October 1992. On his first mission the crew deployed the fifth Tracking and Data Relay Satellite and conducted 32 physical, material, and life sciences experiments in preparation for Extended Duration Orbiter missions and Space Station. Baker was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but considers Lemoore, California, to be his hometown. He received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas in 1975.

Wilcutt, 43, was selected as a pilot astronaut in January 1990, and this will be his first space flight. He was born in Russellville, Kentucky, and received a bachelor of arts degree in math from Western Kentucky University in 1974.

Smith, 34, is the first of the astronaut class of 1992 to receive a space flight assignment. He was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but considers San Jose, California, to be his hometown. Smith received a bachelor of science degree and a master of science

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degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1981 and 1982, respectively, and a master's degree in business administration from Stanford University in 1987.

Wisoff, 35, was a mission specialist aboard Endeavour on STS-57 in June 1993. The primary objectives of the flight were the retrieval of the European Retrievable Carrier satellite and the first flight of the Spacehab which is a commercially-provided middeck augmentation module for microgravity experiments. He also conducted a

5-hour, 50-minute spacewalk to manually position the EURECA communications antennas for latching and to test tools and techniques for future spacewalks. Wisoff was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and received a bachelor of science degree in physics with Highest Distinction from University of Virginia in 1980 and a master of science degree and a doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University in 1982 and 1986, respectively.

Bursch, 36, was a mission specialist on STS-51 aboard Discovery in September 1993, a flight to deploy the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite and to deploy and retrieve the Shuttle Pallet Satellite with NASA and German scientific experiments. Bursch received a bachelor of science degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979 and a master of science degree in engineering science from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1991. He was born in Bristol, Pennsylvania, but

considers Vestal, New York, to be his hometown.

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