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October 22, 1999

Doug Peterson
Johnson Space Center
(281) 483-5914

JSC Release: J99-43

Second Interview Group Begins Astronaut Selection Process

The second of several groups of prospective astronauts will be at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) the week of October 25 for orientation, interviews, and medical evaluations.

Approximately 120 of over 3,000 applicants will be interviewed by January 2000, for a chance to be among those named as astronaut candidates. The final selections for the class of 2000 will be announced early next year with the astronaut candidates reporting for duty in the summer.

The second group of twenty includes Michael R. Barratt, M.D., League City, Texas; Robert B. Brown, (Maj., USAF), Prattville, Alabama; Jessie C. Carman, (Lt. Cdr., USN), Marina, California; Andrew J. Feustel, The Woodlands, Texas; Robert L. Floyd, (Lt. Cdr., USN), Lusby, Maryland; Charles P. Gendrich, Ph.D., Middletown, Connecticut; Michael T. Good, (Maj., USAF), Niceville, Florida; Andrew S. Hamilton, Friendswood, Texas; Michael G. Houts, Ph.D., Madison, Alabama; Julie M. LaPoint, (Lt., USN), Fredericksburg, Virginia; Robert S. McAllum, (Capt., USAF), Edwards AFB, California; Karen L. Nyberg, Ph.D., Houston, Texas; Jason D. Rhodes, Ph.D., Princeton, New Jersey; James W. Rice, Ph.D., Tucson, Arizona; Paul J. Rodney, Ph.D., Simi Valley, California; Brenda M. Scheufele, (Lt. Cdr., USN), Lemoore, California; Matthew Shihadeh, (Maj., USMC), California, Maryland; Cassandra T. Swain, Ph.D., Aberdeen, New Jersey; Robert J. Wallace, (Maj., USAF), Boscombe Down, England; and Kenneth W. Wisian, Ph.D., Dallas, Texas.

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


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