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Kyle Herring July 11, 1994

RELEASE: 94-046

ASTRONAUT SELECTION CONTINUES WITH SECOND GROUP OF INTERVIEWS

The second of about six groups of prospective astronauts will be at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) the week of July 17 for orientation, interviews and medical evaluations.

About 120 of the 2,962 applicants will be interviewed through 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 second group of 20 includes Lila R. Anderson, Ph.D., Houston, TX; Merrill S. Blackman (Lt. Col., USA), JSC; Michael J. Bloomfield (Major, USAF), Edwards AFB, CA; Daniel C. Burbank (Lt., USCG), Marstons Mills, MA; Kalpana Chawla, Ph.D., Sunnyvale, CA; Elizabeth A. Davies, California, MD; Jerome L. Elkind, Ph.D., Houston, TX; Toni L. Grobstein, Ph.D., Lakewood, OH; Richard T. Jennings, M.D., JSC; Robert E. Joslin (Major, USMC), Patuxent River, MD; Charles R. Justiz, Ph.D., JSC; Thomas A. L. Kashangaki, Ph.D., Silver Spring, MD; Stanley G. Love, Ph.D., Honolulu, HI; Edward T. Lu, Ph.D., Honolulu, HI; George A. Martin (Major, USAF), Belleville, IL; Ray C. Simmons (Cdr, USN), Clifton, VA; Richard S. Stapp (Captain, USAF), Valley Lee, MD; Frederick W. Sturckow (Captain, USMC), Leonardtown, MD; Lori J. M. Tanner (Lt. Cdr., USN), NAS China Lake, CA; and Shannon Walker, Ph.D., Seabrook, TX.

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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