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Kyle Herring November 17, 1993

RELEASE: 93-086

NASA NAMES SPACE SHUTTLE MISSION STS-64 CREW

USN Captain Richard "Dick" N. Richards will command the STS-64 mission scheduled for the fall of 1994 aboard Discovery. USAF Colonel L. Blaine Hammond, Jr., will be the pilot and missions specialists are USAF Colonel Carl J. Meade, USAF Lt. Colonel Mark C. Lee, and USAF Major Susan J. Helms.

The STS-64 mission will carry the LIDAR In-Space Technology Experiment (LITE), a project to measure atmospheric parameters from a space platform utilizing laser sensors, the Robot Operated Materials Processing System (ROMPS) to investigate robot handling of thin film samples, and the Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for Astronomy (Spartan-201), a free-flying retrievable X-ray astronomy platform.

Richards, 47, was a pilot on Department of Defense mission STS-28 in August 1989 and commanded STS-41, a mission to deploy the Ulysses spacecraft beginning its four-year interplanetary journey to Jupiter, in October 1990 and the United States Microgravity Laboratory mission, STS-50, in June 1992. Richards was born in Key West, Florida, but considers St. Louis, Missouri, to be his hometown. He received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri in 1969 and a master of science degree in aeronautical systems from the University of

West Florida in 1970.

Hammond, 41, piloted Discovery on his first mission STS-39, the first unclassified Department of Defense mission in April of 1991. He received a bachelor of science degree in engineering science and mechanics from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1973 and a master of science degree in engineering science and mechanics from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1974. He was born in Savannah, Georgia, but considers St. Louis, Missouri, to be his hometown.

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Meade, 43, was a mission specialist on STS-38, a Department of Defense mission in November 1990 and on STS-50 in June 1992. He received a bachelor of science degree with honors in electronics engineering from the University of Texas in 1973 and a master of science degree in electronics engineering from California Institute of Technology in 1975. He was born at Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois.

Lee, 41, was a mission specialist on STS-30 in May 1989, a mission to deploy the Magellan Venus-explorer, and payload commander on STS-47 Spacelab-J, a cooperative science mission with the Japanese in September 1992. Lee received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1974, and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. He was born in Viroqua, Wisconsin.

Helms, 35, was a mission specialist on STS-54 in January 1993, a flight to deploy a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, to test a fuel cell shut down and restart in space, and to gather X-ray data to investigate questions about the formation of the Milky Way galaxy. Helms received a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1980 and a master of science degree in aeronautics/astronautics from Stanford University in 1985. She was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, but considers Portland, Oregon, to be her hometown.

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