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October 17, 1997

Debra J. Rahn
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-1639)

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

Release: 97-236

Astronaut Tom Henricks Retires

Four-time Shuttle astronaut Terence T. "Tom" Henricks (Col., USAF) will retire from NASA and the Air Force to begin a career in private industry. Henricks, a native of Ohio, will join The Timken Company in Canton, OH, in November.

Selected as an astronaut in 1985, Henricks has commanded two Shuttle missions and piloted two others. His first flight was as pilot on STS-44 in November 1991 and was followed by STS-55, the German D-2 Spacelab mission in April/May 1993. He was the commander of STS-70, dubbed the "all Ohio crew," in July 1995 and commanded STS-78, a dedicated Life and Microgravity Sciences Mission, in July 1996. Retiring as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Henricks will conclude a 23-year military career.

"We wish Tom all the best as he returns home to pursue this new opportunity," said David C. Leestma, director of Flight Crew Operations. "We will miss his experience and friendship."

"I will miss the wonderfully talented, dedicated people that make each Space Shuttle mission a success," Henricks said. "Their combined efforts presented experiences which I will cherish for the rest of my life. My twelve years at NASA literally flew by!"

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


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