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October 17, 1997

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center
(281) 483-5111

Release: J97-31

Astronaut Selection Process Continues With Second Group

The second of several groups of prospective astronauts will be at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) the week of October 19 for orientation, interviews and medical evaluations.

Approximately 100 of the 2,618 applicants are expected to be interviewed 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 next summer.

The second group of 20 includes Lee J. Archambault (Major, USAF), Niceville, FL; Cynthia M. Begley, Houston, TX; Julie A. Bentz, Columbia, MO; Janice L. Bishop, Ph.D., Sunnyvale, CA; David L. Dawson (Lt. Col., USAF), San Antonio, TX; Christopher J. Ferguson (Lt. Cdr., USN), Virginia Beach, VA; Kenneth T. Ham (Lieutenant, USN), Lexington Park, MD; Gregory H. Johnson (Major, USAF), Montgomery, AL; Michael S. Knapp (Lt. Col., USA), Seabrook, TX; Mark S. Lake, Ph.D., Hampton, VA; James C. McEachen (Captain, USAF), Melbourne, FL; Brian D. Noyes (Lieutenant, USN), Oxnard, CA; William A. Oefelein (Lieutenant, USN), Lexington Park, MD; Nicole M. Passonno, Irvine, CA; Christopher K. Salvino, M.D., Orland Park, IL; Brenda M. Scheufele (Lieutenant, USN), Camarillo, CA; Robert J. Wallace (Captain, USAF), Shalimar, FL; Donald S. Watrous (Major, USAF), California, MD; Rube B. Williams, Ph.D., Bryan, TX; and George D. Zamka (Major, USMC), Patuxent River, MD.

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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