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Kyle Herring July 18, 1994

RELEASE: 94-048

THIRD GROUP OF PROSPECTIVE ASTRONAUTS TO BE INTERVIEWED

The third of about six groups of prospective astronauts will be at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) the week of July 24 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 third group of 20 includes Michael P. Anderson (Major, USAF), Plattsburgh AFB, NY; Thomas P. Barrera, Los Angeles, CA; Carol A. Christian, Ph.D., Oakland, CA;

Laurel B. Clark (Lt. Cdr., USN), Pensacola, FL; Ralph D. Cope, Ph.D., Newark, DE; Daniel N. Dixon (Lt. Cdr., USN), Lemoore, CA; A. Gordon Emslie, Huntsville, AL; Gabriel Font-Rodriguez, Ph.D., Sommerville, MA; Patrick G. Forrester (Major, USA), JSC; Dominic L. Gorie (Cdr, USN), Orange Park, FL; Kathryn P. Hire, Merritt Island, FL; Arthur Kreitenberg, M.D., Los Angeles, CA; Larry J. Pepper, Doctor of Osteopathy, JSC; Donald R. Pettit, Ph.D., Santa Fe, NM; Michelle A. Rucker, Las Cruces, NM;

Susan L. Still (Lt., USN); Virginia Beach, VA; Mark P. Stucky, JSC; Thomas A. Sullivan, Ph.D., JSC; Cynthia H. Twohy-Ragni, Ph.D., Westminster, CO; and Susan X. Ying, Ph.D., Ames, IA.

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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