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Kyle Herring April 14, 1995

RELEASE: 95-030

CREWS SELECTED FOR THIRD, FOURTH SHUTTLE/MIR DOCKING MISSIONS

Five astronauts have been selected to join Air Force Colonel Kevin P. Chilton on Space Shuttle mission STS-76 next March, Atlantis' third flight to dock with Russia's space station Mir. The flight also will include a spacewalk and dropoff of an astronaut to stay five months on the orbiting laboratory.

Joining Chilton (named commander in November 1994) are Pilot Richard A. Searfoss (Lt. Col., USAF), and Mission Specialists Shannon W. Lucid, Ph.D., Linda M. Godwin,

Ph.D., Michael R. "Rich" Clifford (Lt. Col., USA), and Ronald M. Sega, Ph.D.

A crew of five astronauts will join Commander William F. Readdy (Cdr., USN Reserve) on the fourth Shuttle docking mission with Russia's space station Mir in August 1996.

Readdy was named STS-79 commander in November 1994 and will be joined by Pilot Terrence W. Wilcutt (Lt. Col., USMC), and Mission Specialists Tom Akers (Lt. Col., USAF), Jay Apt, Ph.D. and Carl E. Walz (Lt. Col., USAF). Astronaut Jerry M. Linenger (Cdr., Medical Corps, USN) will launch aboard Atlantis and switch places on Mir with

astronaut Shannon W. Lucid. Linenger is expected to stay on Mir for about four months.

STS-76 Mission Summary

During the 10-day mission, Atlantis will be docked to Mir for five days during which 1,300 pounds of water and 1,900 pounds of logistical equipment will be transferred to

the space station. When Atlantis undocks, Lucid will remain on board for a five-month stay to conduct a variety of biomedical and material science experiments. She will

return to Earth on Atlantis' next visit to Mir, STS-79, in August. Lucid and her backup, John Blaha, have been training since February in Star City, Russia.

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While docked to the space station, Godwin and Clifford will perform a spacewalk to transfer three experiments to the Mir. Hardware for the international Space Station,

slated for assembly starting in 1997, also will be evaluated during the spacewalk.

Throughout the mission, life and materials sciences experiments will be conducted in the pressurized Spacehab module mounted in Atlantis' payload bay.

STS-79 Mission Summary

The scientific studies for this 10-day mission will be carried out in two Spacehab pressurized modules joined together in Atlantis' payload bay. The modules also will

house logistical equipment which will be transferred from the Orbiter to Mir during the five days of docked operations. One thousand three hundred pounds of water and

1,900 pounds of supplies will be transferred to the station.

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STS-76 Crew Biographies

Chilton, 40, has flown twice aboard Endeavour -- STS-49 in May 1992 and STS-59 in April 1994. He earned a masters degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University in 1977. Chilton was born in Los Angeles, CA.

Searfoss, 38, flew on the STS-58 life sciences mission of Columbia in October 1993. He earned a master of science degree in aeronautics from the California Institute of

Technology on a National Science Foundation Fellowship in 1979. Searfoss considers Portsmouth, NH, his hometown.

Godwin, 42, flew on Atlantis' STS-37 mission in April 1991 and Endeavour's STS-59 mission in April 1994. She currently is deputy chief of the Astronaut Office. Godwin

received her masters and doctorate degrees in physics from the University of Missouri in 1976 and 1980, respectively. Her hometown is Jackson, MO.

Lucid, 52, has flown four times aboard the Shuttle. She was a mission specialist on

STS 51-G in June 1985, STS-34 in October 1989, STS-43 in August 1991 and STS-58 in

October 1993. Lucid received her master of science and doctorate of philosophy degrees in biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma in 1970 and 1973, respectively. She

considers Bethany, OK, her hometown.

Clifford, 42, has flown twice on the Shuttle -- aboard Discovery on STS-53 in December 1992 and on Endeavour's STS-59 mission as a crewmate of Godwin's. He has a 1982

masters degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Clifford considers Ogden, UT, his hometown.

Sega, 42, flew on Discovery's STS-60 mission in February 1994, the first joint U.S./Russian Space Shuttle mission. He recently returned from Star City, Russia, where he was NASA manager of operational activities supporting training and preparation of astronauts at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Sega received a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado in 1982. He considers Northfield, OH, and Colorado Springs, CO, to be his hometowns.

STS-79 Crew Biographies

Readdy, 43, has flown on two Shuttle missions, STS-42 in January 1992 and STS-51 in September 1993 -- both aboard Discovery. He recently served a tour in Star City, Russia,

as NASA manager of operational activities. Readdy earned a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Academy in 1974. He considers McLean, VA, his hometown.

Wilcutt, 45, was pilot on Endeavour's STS-68 mission in September/October 1994. A native of Russellville, KY, he earned a bachelors degree in math from Western Kentucky

University in 1974.

Akers, 43, flew on STS-41 aboard Discovery in October 1990 and STS-49 and STS-61 aboard Endeavour. He most recently has been the deputy director of the Mission Operations Directorate at Johnson Space Center. Akers earned a master of science degree in applied mathematics from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1975. His hometown is

Eminence, MO.

Apt, 45, has flown once on Atlantis and twice on Endeavour -- STS-37 in April 1991, STS-47 in September 1992 and STS-59 in April 1994. He earned a doctorate in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976. Apt considers Pittsburgh, PA, his hometown.

Walz, 39, flew on Discovery's STS-51 mission in September 1993 and Columbia's STS-65 mission in July 1994. He has a master of science degree in solid state physics from John

Carroll University earned in 1979. Walz was born in Cleveland, OH.

Lucid, 52, has flown four times aboard the Shuttle. She was a mission specialist on

STS 51-G in June 1985, STS-34 in October 1989, STS-43 in August 1991 and STS-58 in

October 1993. She received her master of science and doctorate of philosophy degrees in biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma in 1970 and 1973, respectively. She

considers Bethany, OK, her hometown.

Linenger, 40, flew on Discovery's STS-64 mission in September 1994. He earned a doctorate in medicine from Wayne State University in 1981 and a master of public

health degree in health policy and a doctor of philosophy degree in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina in 1989. Linenger considers Eastpointe, MI, his hometown.

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