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July 26, 2000

Dwayne Brown / Kirsten Williams
Headquarters, Washington, DC.
(Phone: 202/358-1726/358-0243)

Doug Peterson
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: 281/244-8406)

Release: H00-116

NASA Names Astronaut Candidate Class of 2000

Seventeen men and women have been selected for the astronaut candidate class of 2000, scheduled to arrive at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, in August to begin a period of training and evaluation.

This year's class consists of seven pilot and 10 mission specialist candidates. Of the 17 class members, 14 are male and three are female.

Dominic A. Antonelli (Lt., USN) Michael R. Barratt, M.D. Robert L. Behnken (Capt., USAF) Eric A. Boe (Maj., USAF) Stephen G. Bowen (Lt. Cmdr., USN) B. Alvin Drew (Maj., USAF) Andrew J. Feustel, Ph.D. Kevin A. Ford (Lt. Col., USAF) Ronald J. Garan, Jr. (Maj., USAF) Michael T. Good (Maj., USAF) Douglas G. Hurley (Maj., USMC) Timothy L. Kopra (Maj., USA) K. Megan McArthur Karen L. Nyberg, Ph.D. Nicole P. Stott Terry W. Virts, Jr. (Capt., USAF) Barry E. Wilmore (Lt. Cmdr., USN)

The astronaut candidates were selected through a highly competitive process that evaluated their education, training, experience, and unique qualifications.

Following the initial period of training and evaluation, the astronaut candidates will receive technical assignments and continue training in preparation for space flight assignment.

A complete list of the candidates and their biographical information can be found at the following web site address:


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