January 23, 1996
Final Group of Interviewees Here For Next Astronaut Class
The sixth and final group of prospective astronauts will be at NASA1s Johnson Space Center (JSC) January 26 for a week1s worth of orientation, interviews and medical evaluations.
The sixth group of 22 includes David C. Asjes (Lt. Cdr., USN), Hollywood, MD; Dr. Albert Assad, Boston, MA; Fernando Caldeiro, Merritt Island, FL; Charles J. Camarda, Ph.D., Virginia Beach, VA; Michael P. DeMasie, Houston, TX; Christopher J. Ferguson, (Lt. Cdr., USN), Blue Bell, PA; Stephen N. Frick, (Lieutenant, USN), California, MD; Charles R. Justiz, Ph.D., Seabrook, TX; Stephanie D. Leifer, Ph.D., Eugene, OR; Laura L. Lundquist, Boulder, CO; Dr. William E. Powers, Houston, TX; Jeffrey S. Ruth, (Lieutenant, USN), Oxnard, CA; Paul A. Sohl, (Lieutenant, USN), Ridgecrest, CA; Steven R. Swanson, Friendswood, TX; Michael J. Taschner, (Major, USAF), Edwards, CA; Tina F. Vargas, Redondo Beach, CA; Jeffrey N. Williams, (Major, USA), Middletown, RI; Rube B. Williams, Jr., Bryan, TX; Stephanie D. Wilson, Los Angeles, CA; Vincent J. Zaccardi, (Lt. Cdr., USN), Lexington Park, MD; George D. Zamka, (Major, USMC), Drayden, MD; and Fanny A. Zuniga, Santa Clara, CA.
The fifth group of candidates, currently being interviewed, includes Merri J. Sanchez, Houston, TX, who switched places with Ferguson because of a scheduling conflict.
Astronaut candidate selections are conducted approximately every 2 years. The number of candidates selected depends upon the Space Shuttle flight rate, overall program requirements and astronaut attrition.
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