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Kyle Herring August 22, 1994

RELEASE: 94-055

FINAL GROUP TO ARRIVE FOR ASTRONAUT INTERVIEWS

The last of six groups of prospective astronauts will be at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) the week of August 28 for orientation, interviews and medical evaluations.

Of 2,962 applicants, 122 are being interviewed 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 sixth group of 22 includes Charles M. Buntin, Ph.D., JSC; Victoria L. Coverstone-Carroll, Ph.D., Urbana, IL; Marcela M. Gomez, Cary, NC; Jeanine M. Hoffman, Torrance, CA; Maynard A. Holliday, Hayward, CA; Rick D. Husband (Major, USAF), stationed in Amesbury Wilts, United Kingdom; Sean M. Kelly, JSC; Joseph A. Lanni (Major, USAF), Las Vegas, NV; Marvin L. LeBlanc, JSC; Alma P. Levy, Redondo Beach, CA; Rodney L. Lofton, JSC; Richard A. Mastracchio, JSC; William C. McCool (Lt. Cdr., USN), Anacortes, WA; Cheryl A. McPhillips, Merritt Island, FL; Gregory W. Ojakangas, Ph.D., Duluth, MN; Stephen K. Robinson, Ph.D., Cambridge, MA; Joseph C. Rodgers (Major, USMC), stationed in Darwin, Australia; Stephen M. Ruffin, Ph.D., Decatur, GA; Scott R. Sawyer, Ph.D., San Jose, CA; Ernest Simo, Ph.D., Richardson, TX; Bernard C. Soriano, Bridgewater, NJ; and Charles A. Sternberg (Lieutenant, USN), Middletown, RI.

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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