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Kyle Herring May 5, 1995

RELEASE: 95-036

NJIT GRADUATE IN RUSSIA FOR HISTORIC SHUTTLE MISSION

New Jersey Institute of Technology graduate Harold Black (BS in electrical engineering, 1961) recently served as a member of a NASA consulting group working in Russia during the Space Shuttle mission that rendezvoused with the Russian Space Station Mir.

Made up of several experts from NASA's Mission Control in Houston, Texas, the consulting group worked with Russian counterparts in the Mission Control Center, Kaliningrad, just outside of Moscow during Discovery's STS-63 mission in February that maneuvered within 37 feet of the Mir station and conducted a 360-degree fly around of the orbiting laboratory.

The group provided technical support, as required, for activities that occurred between Discovery and Mir through the completion of the rendezvous. The group included veteran Flight Director William Reeves, who headed the consulting team, communications specialist Harold Black, rendezvous expert Todd Miller, public affairs officer Kyle Herring and Gail Schneider a timeline expert for astronaut activities during flight.

The rendezvous and fly-around marked a significant step in the growing cooperative effort between Russia and the United States leading toward development of the International Space Station scheduled to be assembled in space beginning in 1997.

The next joint Russian/U.S. space mission is the launch of Atlantis in June to perform the first docking with Mir. The flight, called STS-71, will launch with two cosmonauts to be dropped off at the Mir station and return two cosmonauts and American Astronaut Dr. Norman Thagard who have been aboard the space station since March 16.

Black has worked at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, for 31 years as a communications specialist in Mission Control for the Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle

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programs. As a senior aerospace technologist, he manages and plans communications requirements of flight and ground systems to enable effective flight control for future missions.

During mission periods, Black is responsible for managing and troubleshooting the Shuttle and payload communications and data systems. He will be working in Mission Control during the late-June Shuttle flight that will dock with Mir for the first time.

Black considers Clifton, NJ, his hometown and graduated from Clifton High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1961.

His mother, Marilyn Black, resides in Clifton.

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