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October 31, 1997

Eileen M. Hawley
Johnson Space Center
(281) 483-5111

Release: J97-34

Astronaut Selection Process Continues With Third Group

The third of several groups of prospective astronauts will be at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) the week of November 2 for orientation, interviews and medical evaluations.

Approximately 100 candidates selected from more than 2,600 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 third group of 20 includes: James Bierstine, Jr., (Major, USAF), Lancaster, CA; Tracy E. Caldwell, Ph.D., Irvine, CA; Gregory E. Chamitoff, Ph.D., Houston, TX; Victor M. Cooley, Ph.D., Taylor Lake Village, TX; Rodney L. Cregier, (Major, USAF), Henderson, NV; Lorraine M. Fesq, Ph.D., Playa del Rey, CA; Roshanak Hakimzadeh, Ph.D., Solon, OH; Jose M. Hernandez, Stockton, CA; Paul S. Hill, League City, TX; Thomas D. Hill, (Major, USAF), Edwards, CA; David M. Klaus, Ph.D., Louisville, CO; Douglas M. Larratt, (Lt. Cdr., USN), Oak Harbor, WA; Stanley G. Love, Ph.D., Pasadena, CA; Sandra C. Miarecki, (Major, USAF), Edwards, CA; Marcum L. Reagan, League City, TX; Steven R. Swanson, Friendswood, TX; Tina F. Vargas, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; Sunita L. Williams, (Lt. Cdr., USN), Glendale, MD; Stanley E. Woodard, Ph.D., Hampton, VA; and Neil W. Woodward (Lt., USN), Solomons, MD.

The second group of candidates, interviewed the week of October 19, also included Douglas H. Wheelock, (Major, USA), Seabrook, TX, who replaced Christopher K. Salvino, M.D., Orland Park, IL. Salvino, who was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts, will be interviewed with a subsequent group.

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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