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Kyle Herring February 27, 1995

RELEASE: 95-014

NOTE TO EDITORS:

NASA WELCOMES NEW ASTRONAUT CLASS OF 1995

Twenty-one astronaut candidates will arrive at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) March 6 to begin a year of familiarization training. The ten pilot and nine mission specialist candidates selected by NASA in December 1994 will be joined by two international mission specialists.

Badged news media are invited to meet the group at 3 p.m. CST, March 6, in the mockup facility (Building 9) at JSC. This will be the only availability of the candidates

until the year-long training program is completed.

The following is background information on the astronaut candidates.

Pilots:

Scott D. Altman, Lt. Cdr., USN, 35, was born in Lincoln, IL, and resides in San Diego, CA. His masters degree in aeronautical engineering was earned in 1990 from the Naval

Postgraduate School. At the time of his selection, Altman was an Operations Officer for Fighter Squadron 31 at the Naval Air Station, Miramar in San Diego.

Jeffrey S. Ashby, Commander, USN, 40, was born in Dallas, TX, and resides in Lemoore, CA. He earned a masters degree in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee in

1976. Before his selection, Ashby was commanding officer for Strike Fighter Squadron 94 at the Naval Air Station at Lemoore, CA.

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Michael J. Bloomfield, Major, USAF, 35, was born in Flint, MI, and resides at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. He earned a masters in engineering management from Old Dominion

University in Virginia, in 1993. Before his selection as an astronaut candidate, Bloomfield was flight commander for the 416th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards AFB, CA.

Joe F. Edwards, Jr., Lt. Cdr., USN, 37, was born in Richmond, VA and resides in Fairfax, VA. His masters in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee was earned in 1994. Edwards was an operations officer for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, before his selection.

Dominic L. Gorie, Commander, USN, 37, was born in Lake Charles, LA, and resides in Orange Park, FL. He earned a masters degree in aviation systems from the University of

Tennessee in 1990. Gorie comes to NASA from the Naval Air Station at Cecil Field, FL, where he was a F/A-18 pilot in Strike Fighter Squadron 106.

Rick D. Husband, Major, USAF, 34, was born in Amarillo, TX, and comes to NASA from Amesbury, England. He earned a masters degree in mechanical engineering from California State University in 1990. Husband has been chief of flight test for the Tornado GR1 Exchange Program with the Royal Air Force at Boscombe Down, England.

Steven W. Lindsey, Major, USAF, 34, was born in Arcadia, CA, and resides in Niceville, FL. His masters in aerospace engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology was

earned in 1990. Prior to his selection, Lindsey was a test pilot in the Air Force Seek Eagle Office at Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

Pamela A. Melroy, Major, USAF, 33, was born in Palo Alto, CA, and resides at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. She earned a masters degree in Earth and planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984. Melroy was a C-17A developmental test pilot at Edwards AFB before her selection.

Susan L. Still, Lieutenant, USN, 33, was born in Augusta, GA, and resides in Virginia Beach, VA. She earned a masters degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia

Institute of Technology in 1985. Prior to her selection, Still was an F-14 pilot in Fighter Squadron 101 at the Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA.

Frederick W. Sturckow, Captain, USMC, 33, was born in La Mesa, CA, and resides in Leonardtown, MD. His bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University was earned in 1984. Before being selected to be an astronaut candidate, Sturckow was an F/A-18 E/F project pilot at the Naval Air Test Center at Patuxent River, MD.

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Mission Specialists:

Michael P. Anderson, Major, USAF, 35, was born in Plattsburgh, NY. He earned a masters degree in physics from Creighton University in 1990. Prior to his selection, Anderson was a Tactics Officer in the 380 Operations Support Squadron at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, NY.

Kalpana Chawla, Ph.D., 33, was born in Karnal, India, but resides in Sunnyvale, CA. She earned her masters from the University of Texas in 1984 and her doctorate from the

University of Colorado in 1988, both in aerospace engineering. Prior to joining NASA, Chawla served as a research scientist and vice president for Overset Methods, Inc., in Los Altos, CA.

Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., Lt. Cdr., USN, 33, was born in Baltimore, MD, and resides in Annapolis. He holds a masters degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval

Postgraduate School in 1990 and a degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the same school in 1991. Curbeam was an instructor at the Naval Academy at the time of his selection.

Kathryn P. Hire, 35, was born in Mobile, AL, but resides in Merritt Island, FL. Her masters in space technology is from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1991. Hire

comes to NASA from the Kennedy Space Center, FL, where she was a supervisor for Orbit Mechanisms and Swing Arms for the Lockheed Space Operations Company.

Janet L. Kavandi, Ph.D., 35, was born in Springfield, MO, but resides in Renton, WA. She earned her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Washington in 1990.

Kavandi joins NASA after serving as a principal engineer for energy storage at the Boeing Defense and Space Group in Seattle, WA.

Edward T. Lu, Ph.D., 31, was born in Springfield, MA, but resides in Honolulu, HI. He earned his doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University in 1989. Prior to

his selection by NASA, Lu was a postdoctorate fellow, Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii-Manoa in Honolulu, HI.

Carlos I. Noriega, Major, USMC, 35, was born in Lima, Peru, but is stationed at Camp Foster at Okinawa, Japan. He earned two masters degrees from the Naval Postgraduate

School in 1990 -- one in computer science and one in space systems operations. Before coming to NASA, Noriega was a G1 operations officer in the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing at

Camp Butler in Okinawa, Japan.

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James F. Reilly, 40, was born at Mountain Home Air Force Base, ID, but resides in Mesquite, TX. He earned a masters degree in geosciences from the University of Texas-Dallas in 1987 and is expected to earn a doctorate in geosciences this year from the same school.

Stephen K. Robinson, Ph.D., 39, was born in Sacramento, CA, and resides in Grafton, VA. His doctorate in mechanical engineering is from Stanford University in 1991. Robinson was a research scientist in the Fluid Dynamics & Acoustics Division, at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.

Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

David R. Williams, M.D., 40, was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He earned a doctorate of medicine and a master of surgery from McGill University in 1983.

National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA)

Takao Doi, Ph.D., 40, was born in Minamitama-gun, Tokyo, Japan. He earned a master of engineering degree in 1980, and a doctorate in aerospace engineering in 1983, both from the University of Tokyo, Japan.

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