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Kyle Herring November 1, 1994

RELEASE: 94-072

ASTRONAUT SEGA TO REPLACE READDY AS NASA MANAGER IN RUSSIA

Astronaut Ronald M. Sega, Ph.D., will replace Navy Captain William F. Readdy as the

NASA manager of operational activities at Star City, Russia, near Moscow.

As Director of Operations, Russia, Sega will support training and preparations of NASA astronauts at Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC), Star City. Also, he will be the primary interface between NASA and the GCTC Russian management, coordinating all training and other operations involving NASA or contractor personnel in Star City.

Sega will continue to establish operational and personal relationships with Star City

management and the cosmonauts, which are pivotal to successful, long-term joint

operations involving NASA, the Russian Space Agency (RSA) and GCTC. He will also

participate in personal training designed to acquaint astronauts with the operational

aspects of Russian vehicles and training facilities.

Sega's other primary responsibilities will include support of astronauts and their families currently living in Star City. He will routinely monitor the current training program for astronauts being trained for flights to the Mir Space Station and will also continue development of training curriculum for U.S. astronauts training for joint missions aboard Mir.

Sega will join fellow astronauts Norman E. Thagard, M.D., and Bonnie J. Dunbar,

Ph.D., who have been training in Star City since February as the prime and backup crew

members for a three-month flight aboard Mir. Thagard is scheduled to be launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft in March 1995. Following his stay aboard Mir, the crew of Shuttle

mission STS-71, which will include Dunbar as a mission specialist, will dock Atlantis to

Mir. It will be the first of seven to ten Shuttle visits that will be made to the Russian space

station during the 1995-1997 time frame.

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Sega, 41, flew on Discovery's STS-60 mission in February 1994, the first joint

U.S./Russian Space Shuttle mission. The mission carried the Wake Shield Facility and the

Spacehab pressurized experiment module.

Sega received a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado in 1982.

Readdy has flown on two Shuttle missions, STS-42 in January 1992, and STS-51 in

September 1993. Readdy has served in Star City since August 1994 and will return to an

assignment in the Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center. He is a captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve and a 1974 graduate of the Naval Academy.

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