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Kyle Herring

RELEASE: 94-056 August 25, 1994

CREW MEMBERS NAMED FOR SPACE SHUTTLE MISSION STS-70

Air Force Colonel Terence T. (Tom) Henricks will command Space Shuttle mission STS-70 scheduled for launch in mid-1995 carrying a NASA communications satellite.

The primary payload for STS-70 is a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite used as part of a three-satellite constellation providing telecommunications needs essential to the success of Space Shuttle and low-Earth orbit spacecraft missions. Joining Henricks on the five-day mission are Kevin R. Kregel, pilot; Army Major Nancy Sherlock, mission specialist; Donald A. Thomas, Ph.D., mission specialist and Mary Ellen Weber, Ph.D., mission specialist.

Henricks, 42, has flown on two previous Shuttle missions, STS-44 in November 1991 and STS-55 in April 1993. He was born in Bryan, Ohio, but considers Woodville, Ohio, his

hometown. Henricks received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1974 and a masters degree in public administration from Golden Gate University in 1982.

Kregel, 37, was born in New York City, but considers Amityville, N.Y., his hometown. He received a bachelor of science degree in astronautical engineering from the Air Force Academy in 1978 and a masters degree in public administration from Troy State University in 1988. STS-70 will be Kregel's first Shuttle mission. He is a member of the astronaut class of 1992.

Sherlock, 35, flew as a mission specialist on the STS-57 mission in June 1993. She was born in Wilmington, Del., but considers Troy, Ohio, her hometown. Sherlock received a bachelor of arts degree in biological science from Ohio State University in 1980 and a master of science degree in safety engineering from the University of Southern California in 1985.

Thomas, 39, was a mission specialist on the STS-65 mission in July 1994. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Thomas received a bachelor of science degree in physics from Case Western Reserve University in 1977. He obtained his master of science and doctorate degrees in materials science from Cornell University in 1980 and 1982, respectively.

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Weber, 32, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but considers Bedford Heights, Ohio, her hometown. She received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Purdue

University in 1984. Weber received her doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the astronaut class of 1992 and STS-70 will be her

first Shuttle flight.

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