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May 14, 1997

Debra Rahn
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-1778)

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

Release: 97-97

Biennial Astronaut Selection Process Begins

NASA is accepting applications for mission specialist and pilot astronauts for the current selection cycle. Interested individuals may apply until the cut-off date of July 1, 1997. Applications received after the deadline will be eligible for consideration in the next selection cycle.

Successful pilot applicants typically have extensive piloting experience in high performance jet aircraft and flight experience.

Successful applicants for the mission specialist positions typically have significant backgrounds in engineering or the sciences (materials science, Earth science, medical science, and space science).

After a six-month process, including screening applications and conducting interviews and medical evaluations, selections will be announced in early 1998 with the new astronaut candidates reporting to the Johnson Space Center, Houston, in the summer of 1998.

"We are looking for individuals who not only are outstanding in their chosen field of work, but also possess the ability to get along with others and work in a diverse, multi- cultural environment," said David C. Leestma, director of Flight Crew Operations. "We are in a very challenging and dynamic time in human space exploration, and the people we choose will be an integral part of this nation's reach for the stars."

NASA accepts applications for mission specialist and pilot astronaut positions on a continuing basis.

An application package may be obtained by calling the Astronaut Selection Office at 281/483-5907, or writing to:

NASA-Johnson Space Center Astronaut Selection Office Mail Code AHX Houston, TX 77058-3696


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