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Kyle Herring August 9, 1994

RELEASE: 94-052

FIFTH GROUP TO ARRIVE FOR ASTRONAUT INTERVIEWS

The fifth of about six groups of prospective astronauts will be at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) the week of August 14 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 fifth group of 20 includes Robert J. Alvarez, Albuquerque, NM; William A. Arnold, Ph.D., Akron, OH; Andrew L. Benjamin, JSC; Bruce H. Betts, Ph.D., San Juan Capistrano, CA; Deepak Boggavarapu, Ph.D., Eugene, OR; Austin W. Boyd, (Commander, USN), Fredericksburg, VA; Jill D. Brigham, JSC; Yvonne D. Cagle, M.D., North Highlands, CA; Jeffrey W. Campbell, Monument, CO; Andrea Donnellan, Ph.D., Altadena, CA; Deborah, L. Falley, Leucadia, CA; Kevin A. Ford, (Captain, USAF), Wright-Patterson AFB, OH; Christopher A. Habig, (Captain, USAF), Edwards AFB, CA; Janet L. Kavandi, Ph.D., Renton, WA; David A. Lazerson, Tehachapi, CA; Wilson A. Miles, Jr., JSC; Clyde D. Moore (Major, USAF), Rosamond, CA; Maurena S. Nacheff-Benedict, Ph.D., Redondo Beach, CA; Gary L. Plumb, (Major, USAF), Niceville, FL; and David M. Tobin, (Captain, USAF), Layton, UT.

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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