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Kyle Herring December 8, 1994

RELEASE: 94-077


Nineteen new astronaut candidateshave been selected for the Space Shuttle program.

The 1995 group consists of 10 pilots and 9 mission specialists, including 6 civilians and 13 military officers.

The candidates were chosen from among 2,962 applicants. NASA brought 122 of the applicants to the Johnson Space Center, Houston, for interviews and medical evaluations in June, July and August. The candidates will report to Johnson in March 1995 to begin a year of training and evaluation, followed by technical assignments within the Astronaut Office to further prepare them for assignment to Shuttle flight crews.

The 1995 Astronaut Candidate class also will eventually include international participation. These international candidates will be announced at a later date.

A listing of the astronaut candidates and biographical data follows.


Lt. Commander Scott D. Altman U.S. Navy Pilot

Major Michael P. Anderson U.S. Air Force Mission Specialist

Commander Jeffrey S. Ashby U.S. Navy Pilot

Major Michael J. Bloomfield U.S. Air Force Pilot

Kalpana Chawla, Ph.D. Civilian Mission Specialist

Lt. Commander Robert L. Curbeam, Jr. U.S. Navy Mission Specialist

Lt. Commander Joe F. Edwards, Jr. U.S. Navy Pilot

Commander Dominic L. Gorie U.S. Navy Pilot

Kathryn P. Hire Civilian Mission Specialist

Major Rick D. Husband U.S. Air Force Pilot

Janet L. Kavandi, Ph.D Civilian Mission Specialist

Major Steven W. Lindsey U.S. Air Force Pilot

Edward T. Lu, Ph.D. Civilian Mission Specialist

Major Pamela A. Melroy U.S. Air Force Pilot

Major Carlos I. Noriega U.S. Marine Corps Mission Specialist

James F. Reilly Civilian Mission Specialist

Stephen K. Robinson, Ph. D. Civilian Mission Specialist

Lieutenant Susan L. Still U.S. Navy Pilot

Captain Frederick W. Sturckow U.S. Marine Corps Pilot


NAME: Scott D. Altman, Lieutenant Commander, USN, Pilot

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: August 15, 1959 - Lincoln, IL


EDUCATION: Pekin Community High School, Pekin, IL 1977

B.S. Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, Univ. of

Illinois 1981

M.S. Aeronautical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School


CURRENT POSITION: Operations Officer, Fighter Squadron 31

NAS Miramar

San Diego, CA

PARENTS: Fred and Sharon Altman, Pekin, IL

MARITAL STATUS: Married to the former Jill Shannon Loomer


NAME: Michael P. Anderson, Major, USAF, Mission Specialist

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: December 25, 1959 - Plattsburgh, NY

RESIDENCE: Plattsburgh, NY

EDUCATION: Cheney High School, Cheney, WA 1977

B.S. Physics/Astronomy, University of Washington 1981

M.S. Physics, Creighton University 1990

CURRENT POSITION: Tactics Officer, 380 Operations Support Squadron

Plattsburgh AFB, NY

PARENTS: Bobbie and Barbara Anderson, Spokane, WA

MARITAL STATUS: Married to the former Sandra Lynn Hawkins

NAME: Jeffrey S. Ashby, Commander, USN, Pilot

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: June 16, 1954 - Dallas, TX


EDUCATION: Evergreen High School, Evergreen, CO 1972

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho 1976

M.S. Aviation Systems, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville 1993

CURRENT POSITION: Commanding Officer, Strike Fighter Squadron 94

NAS Lemoore, CA

PARENTS: Elizabeth Shears Ashby, Evergreen, CO

John Benjamin Ashby, Pine Bluffs, WY

MARITAL STATUS: Married to the former Diana Christene Merriweather


NAME: Michael J. Bloomfield, Major, USAF, Pilot

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: March 16, 1959 - Flint, Michigan

RESIDENCE: Edwards Air Force Base, CA

EDUCATION: Lake Fenton High School, Fenton, MI 1977

B.S. Engineering Mechanics, U.S. Air Force Academy 1981

M.S. Engineering Management, Old Dominion Univ. 1993

CURRENT POSITION: Flight Commander, 416th Flight Test Squadron

Edwards Air Force Base, CA

PARENTS: Roger & Maxine Bloomfield, Linden, MI

MARITAL STATUS: Married to the former Lori Ann Miller

NAME: Kalpana Chawla, Ph.D., Mission Specialist

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: July 1, 1961 - Karnal, India

RESIDENCE: Sunnyvale, CA

EDUCATION: Tagore School, Karnal, India 1976

B.S. Aeronautical Engineering, Punjab Engineering

College 1982

M.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas 1984

Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado 1988

CURRENT POSITION: Research Scientist/Vice President

Overset Methods, Inc.

Los Altos, CA

PARENTS: Syongita and Banarsi Lal Chawla, New Delphi, India

MARITAL STATUS: Married to Jean-Pierre Harrison


NAME: Robert L. Curbeam, Jr., Lt Commander, USN,

Mission Specialist

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: March 5, 1962 - Baltimore, MD

RESIDENCE: Annapolis, MD

EDUCATION: Woodlawn High School, Baltimore County, MD 1980

B.S. Aerospace Engineering, United States Naval

Academy 1984

M.S. Aeronautical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate

School 1990

Degree of Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering,

Naval Postgraduate School 1991

CURRENT POSITION: Instructor United States Naval Academy

Annapolis, MD

PARENTS: Robert and Yvonne Curbeam, Quinton, VA

MARITAL STATUS: Married to the former Julie Dawn Lein

NAME: Joe F. Edwards, Jr., Lieutenant Commander, USN, Pilot

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: February 3, 1958 - Richmond, VA


EDUCATION: Lineville High School, Lineville, AL 1976

B.S. Aerospace Engineering, United States Naval

Academy 1980

M.S. Aviation Systems, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville 1994

CURRENT POSITION: Operations Officer, The Joint Staff

The Pentagon

Washington, D.C.

PARENTS: Joe and Jane Edwards, Roanoke, AL

MARITAL STATUS: Married to the former Janet Leigh Ragan


NAME: Dominic L. Gorie, Commander, USN, Pilot

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: May 2, 1957 - Lake Charles, LA

RESIDENCE: Orange Park, FL

EDUCATION: Miami Palmetto High School, Miami, FL 1975

B.S. Ocean Engineering, United States Naval

Academy 1979

M.S. Aviation Systems, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville 1990


Strike Fighter Squadron 106

NAS Cecil Field, FL

PARENTS: The late Paul Louis Pudwill (father)

Shirley Pudwill, Casselberry, FL

William Gorie, Palm City, FL (stepfather)

MARITAL STATUS: Married to the former Wendy Lu Williams

NAME: Kathryn P. Hire, Mission Specialist

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: August 26, 1959 - Mobile, AL

RESIDENCE: Merritt Island, FL

EDUCATION: Murphy High School, Mobile, AL 1977

B.S. Engineering Management, U.S. Naval Academy 1981

M.S. Space Technology, Florida Institute of Tech. 1991

CURRENT POSITION: Supervisor, Orbit Mechanisms and Swing Arms

Lockheed Space Operations Company

Kennedy Space Center, FL

PARENTS: Robert and Kathryn Hire, Orange Beach, AL



NAME: Rick D. Husband, Major, USAF, Pilot

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: July 12, 1957 - Amarillo, TX

RESIDENCE: Amesbury, England

EDUCATION: Amarillo High School, Amarillo, TX 1975

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University 1980

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, California State Univ. 1990

CURRENT POSITION: Chief of Flight Test, Tornado GR1

Exchange Program with Royal Air Force

Boscombe Down, England

PARENTS: The late Doug Husband

Jane Husband, Amarillo, TX

MARITAL STATUS: Married to the former Evelyn Neely

NAME: Janet L. Kavandi, Ph.D., Mission Specialist

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: July 17, 1959 - Springfield, MO


EDUCATION: Carthage Senior High School, Carthage, MO 1977

B.S. Chemistry, Missouri Southern State College, 1980

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Washington 1990

CURRENT POSITION: Principal Engineer,Energy Storage

Boeing Defense and Space Group

Seattle, WA

PARENTS: The late William and Ruth Sellers

Niece of Edward and Mary England (Guardians)

Carthage, MO

MARITAL STATUS: Married to John Kavandi


NAME: Steven W. Lindsey, Major, USAF, Pilot

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: August 24, 1960 - Arcadia, CA

RESIDENCE: Niceville, FL

EDUCATION: Temple City High School, Temple City, CA 1978

B.S. Engineering Sciences, U.S. Air Force Academy 1982

M.S. Aero Engineering, Air Force Institute of Tech. 1990

CURRENT POSITION: Test Pilot, Air Force Seek Eagle Office

Eglin Air Force Base, FL

PARENTS: Arden & Lois Lindsey, Arcadia, CA

MARITAL STATUS: Married to the former Diane Renee Trujillo

NAME: Edward T. Lu, Ph.D., Mission Specialist

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: July 1, 1963 - Springfield, MA


EDUCATION: R.L. Thomas High School, Webster, NY 1980

B.S. Electrical Engineering, Cornell University 1984

Ph.D. Applied Physics, Stanford University 1989

CURRENT POSITION: Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Astronomy

University of Hawaii-Manoa

Honolulu, HI

PARENTS: Charlie and Snowlily Lu, Fremont, CA



NAME: Pamela A. Melroy, Major, USAF, Pilot

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: September, 17, 1961 - Palo Alto, CA


EDUCATION: Bishop Kearney High School, Rochester, NY 1979

B.A. Physics and Astronomy, Wellesley College 1983

M.S. Earth & Planetary Sciences, MIT 1984

CURRENT POSITION: C-17A Developmental Test Pilot

Edwards Air Force Base, CA

PARENTS: David and Helen Melroy, Pittsford, NY

MARITAL STATUS: Married to Christopher Wallace Wank

NAME: Carlos I. Noriega, Major, USMC, Mission Specialist

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: October 8, 1959 - Lima, Peru

RESIDENCE: Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan

EDUCATION: Wilcox High School, Santa Clara, CA 1977

B.S. Computer Science, Univ. of Southern California 1981

M.S. Computer Science, Naval Postgraduate School 1990

M.S. Space Systems Operations, Naval Postgraduate

School 1990

CURRENT POSITION: G1 Operations Officer, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing

Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan

PARENTS: Rodolfo and Nora Noriega, Gilbert, AZ

MARITAL STATUS: Married to the former Wendy Louise Thatcher


NAME: James F. Reilly, Mission Specialist

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: March 18, 1954 - Mountain Home AFB, ID


EDUCATION: Lake Highlands High School, Dallas, TX 1972

B.S. Geosciences, University of Texas-Dallas 1977

M.S. Geosciences, University of Texas-Dallas 1987

Ph.D. Geosciences, Univ. of Texas-Dallas 1995 (expected)

CURRENT POSITION: Chief Geologist-Offshore

Enserch Exploration, Inc.

Dallas, TX

PARENTS: Ken and Billie Reuthers, Tyler, TX

James Francis Reilly, Rockwall, TX

MARITAL STATUS: Married to the former Jo Ann Strange

NAME: Stephen K. Robinson, Ph.D., Mission Specialist

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: October 26, 1955 - Sacramento, CA


EDUCATION: Campolindo High School, Moraga, CA 1973

B.S. Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering, University

of California 1978

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University 1985

Ph. D. Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University 1991

CURRENT POSITION: Research Scientist, Fluid Dynamics & Acoustics Division,

NASA Langley Research Center

Hampton, VA

PARENTS: William & Joyce Robinson, Moraga, CA



NAME: Susan L. Still, Lieutenant, USN, Pilot

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: October, 24, 1961 - Augusta, GA

RESIDENCE: Virginia Beach, VA

EDUCATION: Walnut Hill High School, Natick, MA 1979

B.S. Aeronautical Engineering, Embry-Riddle Univ. 1982

M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute

of Technology 1985

CURRENT POSITION: F-14 Pilot, Fighter Squadron 101

NAS Oceana

Virginia Beach, VA

PARENTS: The late Jean Ann Batho Still

Joseph and Sue Still, Martinez, GA


NAME: Frederick W. Sturckow, Captain, USMC, Pilot

BIRTHDATE/PLACE: August 11, 1961 - La Mesa, CA

RESIDENCE: Leonardtown, MD

EDUCATION: Grossmont High School, La Mesa, CA 1978

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, California Polytechnic State

University 1984

CURRENT POSITION: F/A-18 E/F Project Pilot

Naval Air Test Center

Patuxent River, MD

PARENTS: Janette Sturckow, La Mesa, CA

Karl H. Sturckow, Lakeside, CA

MARITAL STATUS: Married to the former Michele A. Street


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