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Kyle Herring June 22, 1994

RELEASE: 94-042

ASTRONAUT SELECTION BEGINS WITH FIRST GROUP OF INTERVIEWS

The first of several groups of prospective astronauts will be at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) the week of June 26 for orientation, interviews and medical evaluations.

Approximately 120 of 2,962 applicants are expected to be interviewed during June, July and August for a chance to be among approximately 20 named as astronaut candidates. The final selections will be announced in the fall with the new astronaut class reporting in early 1995.

Those selected will join an international astronaut candidate representing Japan.

The first group of 20 includes Scott D. Altman (Lt. Cdr., USN), San Diego, CA; Janice L. Bishop, Ph.D., Providence, RI; David M. Brown (Cdr, USN), Fallon, NV; Robert L. Curbeam, Jr. (Lt., USN), California, MD; Joe F. Edwards (Lt. Cdr., USN), Fairfax, VA; Lorraine M. Fesq, Ph.D., Playa del Rey, CA; Joan E. Higginbotham, Titusville, FL; Stanley N. Koszelak, Ph.D., Riverside, CA; Taylor W. Lawrence, Ph.D., Arlington, VA; Dan Lubin, Ph.D., LaJolla, CA; Pamela A. Melroy (Major, USAF), Edwards, CA; Robert C. Nolan (Captain, USAF), Niceville, FL; Carlos I. Noriega (Major, USMC), stationed in Okinawa, Japan; John L. Phillips, Ph.D., Los Alamos, NM; Mark L. Polansky, JSC;

James F. Reilly, II, Mesquite, TX; Eileen K. Stansbery, Ph.D., JSC; Huy K. Tran, Mountain View, CA; Tonie M. Vandam, Ph.D., Beltsville, MD; and John M. Wilson, Ph.D., Brighton, MA.

Astronaut candidate selections are conducted approximately every 2 years. The number of candidates selected depends upon the Space Shuttle flight rate, overall program requirements and astronaut attrition.

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