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August 25, 1998

Doug Peterson
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

Release: J98-40

Lawrence Moves to Rotational Assignment at National Reconnaissance Office

Astronaut Wendy Lawrence (Cmdr., USN) has accepted a rotational assignment as the Deputy Director of the Strategy and Plans Office in the Advanced Systems and Technology Directorate of the National Reconnaissance Office. The reassignment was effective August 19.

A veteran of three space flights and two visits to Russia’s Mir space station, Lawrence’s extensive space flight experience will help her foster technology cooperation between the NRO and other technical partners.

"Wendy’s work and experience at NASA will allow her to make unique contributions to future National Reconnaissance Office technology initiatives," said David C. Leestma, director of Flight Crew Operations. "She’ll be quite effective in helping the NRO develop opportunities with its technology partners."

Lawrence remains a member of the astronaut corps during this rotational assignment, and will be eligible for spaceflight upon return to the Astronaut Office at the Johnson Space Center. Selected into the astronaut corps in 1992, she has logged 894 hours in space during her three missions, STS-67, STS-86 and STS-91.

For additional information on Lawrence, or any astronaut, see the NASA Internet biography home page at URL:


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