As they approach the end of their first phase of astronaut training, NASA’s newest explorers will be available for media interviews and a photo opportunity at 1 p.m. EDT, July 22 at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla. Eight of the NASA astronaut candidates selected May 6 along with three Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronauts have been in Pensacola since late June for water survival training, aviation ground school and flight training in the Beechcraft T-34 Turbo ‘Mentor.’ The media availability will include a photo opportunity of the astronaut candidates with the T-34 aircraft, as well as opportunities for one-on-one interviews following brief statements. Media interested in attending the event should fax a written request to the attention of Patrick J. Nichols at 850-452-2760 by noon Wednesday, July 21. Still imagery of the training activities is available on the Internet at:
Training in Pensacola are:
· Educator Mission Specialist Joe Acaba from Dunnellon, Fla.
· Educator Mission Specialist Ricky Arnold, who resided in Bucharest, Romania
· Mission Specialist Chris Cassidy, who lived in Norfolk, Va.
· Mission Specialist Jose Hernandez, of Houston
· Mission Specialist Tom Marshburn, a League City, Texas, resident
· Educator Mission Specialist Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, of Vancouver, Wash.
· Mission Specialist Bobby Satcher, a resident of Oak Park, Ill.
· Mission Specialist Shannon Walker, of Houston
· JAXA Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, a medical doctor from Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
· JAXA Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, an engineer from Tokyo
· JAXA Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, an engineer born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Three pilots among the new astronaut candidate class do not require the basic flight training and will report to NASA for duty next month. They are:
· Pilot Randolph J. Bresnik from Fort Knox, Ky.
· Pilot James P. Dutton, a resident of Edwards, Calif.
· Mission Specialist Robert S. Kimbrough, a League City, Texas, resident
Full biographies of the astronaut candidates are available on the Internet at: http://www.nasa.gov/vision/space/preparingtravel/ascan2004.html
More information on the Japanese astronauts is available from JAXA at: http://iss.sfo.jaxa.jp/astro/profile_e.html
For more on NASA, visit the Internet at: http://www.nasa.gov
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