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July 22, 1998

Jennifer McCarter
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-1639)

Eileen M. Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

Release: H98-127

Astronaut Wilcutt Replaces Halsell in Star City, Russia

Astronaut Terrence W. Wilcutt (Lt. Col., USMC) will replace James D. Halsell, Jr., (Lt. Col., USAF) as the NASA manager of operational activities at Star City, Russia.

The tenth astronaut to serve in this rotational position, Wilcutt will support the training and preparations of NASA astronauts at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Star City. He will be the primary liaison between NASA and cosmonaut training center management, and will continue the operational and personal relationships with Star City management and the cosmonauts, as American astronauts live and work in Russia.

Wilcutt has three flights to his credit, including two missions to dock with Russia's Mir space station. He first flew as the pilot on STS-68 in 1994 on a mission studying the Earth's surface. In 1996, he was the pilot for STS-79, the fourth Shuttle-Mir docking mission, and in 1998, he commanded STS-89, the eighth docking mission.

For complete biographical information on Wilcutt or any astronaut, see the NASA Internet astronaut biography home page at URL:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/

 

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