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Kyle Herring February 23, 1994

RELEASE: 94-017


As part of the new partnership effort between the United States and Russia, NASA today announced that astronaut Kenneth D. Cameron (Col., USMC) has been selected to manage NASA operational activities at Star City and at the Russian control center at Kaliningrad.

As Director of Operations-Russia, Cameron will work with Russian Space Agency engineers and flight controllers on the U.S.-Russian cooperative program and work to bring about continued and enhanced cooperation between NASA and the Russian Space Agency.

Cameron's responsibilities will include supervising NASA astronaut training at Star City, developing training syllabus for Shuttle crew members for Mir rendezvous missions and coordinating training for scientific experimenters; establishing and maintaining operations, operational relationships, plans and procedures to support flight operations between NASA and the Russian Space Agency in joint Shuttle/Mir flights and space station development, assembly and operations.

Cameron is expected to command one of the early Space Shuttle docking missions to the Russian Mir space station.

Cameron and fellow astronauts Norman E. Thagard, M.D., and Bonnie J. Dunbar, Ph.D., who recently were named as the prime and backup crew members for a 3-month flight on the Russian space station Mir, will leave the Johnson Space Center, Houston, for Star City, today.

Thagard and two cosmonauts will be launched aboard a Russian rocket to Mir in March 1995. Three months later, the crew of mission STS-71 will dock Space Shuttle Atlantis to Mir, the first of up to 10 Shuttle visits that will be made to the Russian space station over the 1995-1997 time frame.

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Cameron has flown twice on the Shuttle. He was the Pilot on Atlantis' STS-37 mission in 1991 to deploy the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory. He served as Commander of Discovery's STS-56 flight in 1993 to continue studies of the Earth's atmosphere as part of a

series of missions called Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science.

Cameron received a bachelor of science degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978 and a master of science degree in the same field from MIT in 1979. Cameron was selected to be an astronaut in 1984. He was born in Cleveland.



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