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Kyle Herring August 3, 1994

RELEASE: 94-050

FOURTH GROUP TO ARRIVE FOR ASTRONAUT INTERVIEWS

The fourth of about six groups of prospective astronauts will be at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) the week of August 7 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 fourth group of 20 includes Jeffrey S. Ashby, (Commander, USN), Lemoore, CA; Owen C. Brown, Mountain View, CA; Alan R. Carroll, Ph.D., Houston, TX; Nancy D. Fechtig, (Lieutenant, USN), Great Mills, MD; Michael E. Fossum, JSC; Robert F. Fuschino, (Major, USAF), Gulf Breeze, FL; Carlos M. Grodsinsky, Ph.D., Strongsville, OH; Monica H. Halka, Ph.D., Knoxville, TN; Patricia M. Hall, New Orleans, LA;

Sharon W. Houck, Lexington Park, MD; Steven W. Lindsey, (Major, USAF), Eglin AFB, FL; Michael J. Massimino, Ph.D., Houston, TX; Pamela R. McCauley-Bell, Ph.D., Oviedo, FL; Robert J. Niewoehner, Jr., (Lt. Cdr., USN), California, MD; Thomas P. Phelan, (Lt. Cdr., USN), Oak Harbor, WA; Shelly K. Pope, Ph.D., Mountain View, CA; Kimberly K. Smith, Arlington, TX; Martin J. Sullivan, (Major, USMC), Quantico, VA; Richard J. Tubb, (Major, USAF), Troy, IL; and Rex J. Walheim, (Captain, USAF), Palmdale, CA.

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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