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October 2, 1997

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center
(281) 483-5111

Release: J97-28

First Interview Group Begins Astronaut Selection Process

The first of several groups of prospective astronauts will be at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) the week of October 6 for orientation, interviews and medical evaluations.

Approximately 100 of the 2,621 applicants are expected to be interviewed October through December for a chance to be among those named as astronaut candidates for the class of 1998. The final selections will be announced in early 1998 with the new class reporting in the summer of 1998.

This initial group of 20 includes Clayton C. Anderson, League City, TX; Renato O. Colantonio, Ph.D., Brunswick, OH; Timothy J. Creamer (Maj., USA), League City, TX; Gregory J. Fenton (Lt. Cdr., USN), Patuxent River, MD; Michael J. Foreman (Cdr., USN), Leonardtown, MD; Michael E. Fossum, Houston, TX; Michael J. Guidry (Maj., USAF), Goldsboro, NC; Steven D. Hope (Lt., USN), Callaway, MD; Eric M. Lagier (Capt., USAF), Niceville, FL; Bruce H. McClintock (Capt., USAF), Niceville, FL; Leland D. Melvin, Hampton, VA; John D. Olivas, Ph.D., Redondo Beach, CA; Nicholas J. M. Patrick, Seattle, WA; Alan G. Poindexter (Lt. Cdr., USN), Patuxent River, MD; W. Spencer Reeder, III, Seattle, WA; Jeffrey S. Ruth (Lt. Cdr., USN), Oak Harbor, WA; Paul A. Sohl (Lt. Cdr., USN), San Diego, CA; Tushar B. Suthar, Glenn Dale, MD; David M. Swenson (Lt., USN), Patuxent River, MD; and Barry E. Wilmore (Lt., USN), Jacksonville, FL.

Astronaut candidate selections are conducted approximately every two years with the number of candidates selected depending on Space Shuttle flight rates, overall program requirements and astronaut attrition rates.


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