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Kyle Herring June 13, 1995

RELEASE: 95-044

CREW SELECTED FOR SHUTTLE MISSION STS-77 ABOARD ENDEAVOUR

Air Force Colonel John H. Casper will command a nine-day mission aboard Endeavour next spring to deploy and retrieve a science satellite and conduct experiments in a

pressurized module in the payload bay.

Joining Casper will be Pilot Curtis L. Brown, Jr. (Lt. Col., USAF), and Mission Specialists Daniel W. Bursch (Commander, USN), Mario Runco, Jr., Canadian Space Agency astronaut Marc Garneau, Ph.D., and Andrew S.W. Thomas, Ph.D.

STS-77, scheduled for launch in the spring of 1996, will carry the Spacehab module, which nearly triples the amount of middeck locker space available for experiments.

The Shuttle-Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for Astronomy (SPARTAN) satellite will be deployed and retrieved during the mission.

Casper, 51, has flown three previous Shuttle missions -- STS-36 in February 1990 aboard Atlantis, STS-54 in January 1993 on Endeavour, and STS-62 in March 1994 on

Columbia. He received a master of science degree in astronautics from Purdue University in 1967. Casper considers Gainsville, GA, his hometown.

Brown, 39, flew on STS-47 aboard Endeavour in September 1992 and STS-66 in November 1994. He received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from

the Air Force Academy in 1978. Brown was born in Elizabethtown, NC.

Bursch, 37, will be making his third flight on the Shuttle. His two previous missions were STS-51 on Discovery in September 1993 and STS-68 on Endeavour in September 1994. Bursch considers Vestal, NY, his hometown.

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Runco, 43, flew on Atlantis' STS-44 mission in November 1991 and Endeavour's

STS-54 mission with Casper in January 1993. He received a master of science degree in meteorology from Rutgers University in 1976. Runco considers Yonkers, NY, his hometown.

Garneau, 46, flew as a Canadian astronaut on STS 41-G in October 1984. He was selected for Mission Specialist training in 1992. Garneau, born in Quebec City, Canada,

earned a doctorate in electrical engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, England, in 1973.

Thomas, 43, will be making his first flight aboard the Shuttle. He is a member of the astronaut class of 1992. Thomas was born in Adelaide, South Australia, and received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Adelaide in 1978.

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