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July 8, 2004

Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington

Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters
Johnson Space Center, Houston



NASA's new astronauts are getting their feet -- and just about everything else -- wet as they begin basic training in new video airing today on NASA Television.

Most of the astronaut candidates are in the midst of six weeks of flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla. The first astronauts chosen as NASA embarks on the new Vision for Space Exploration, their journeys began by enduring the trials of ejection seats, water survival and altitude chambers. Video from the first week of these activities is featured on the NASA TV Video File this week, airing each day at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. EDT.

NASA Television is available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

Still imagery of the training activities is available on the Internet at:

The astronaut candidates at Pensacola include eight of the NASA candidates named on May 6 and three Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronauts. Among the NASA candidates are three new Educator Astronauts, who were school teachers chosen from among thousands of applicants. Three pilots among the new astronaut candidate class do not require the basic flight training and will report to NASA for duty next month.

Currently training in Pensacola are:

· Educator Mission Specialist Joe Acaba from Dunnellon, Fla.
· Educator Mission Specialist Ricky Arnold, who resided in Bucharest, Romania
· Mission Specialist Chris Cassidy, who lived in Norfolk, Va.
· Mission Specialist Jose Hernandez, of Houston
· Mission Specialist Tom Marshburn, a League City, Texas, resident
· Educator Mission Specialist Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, of Vancouver, Wash.
· Mission Specialist Bobby Satcher, a resident of Oak Park, Ill.
· Mission Specialist Shannon Walker, of Houston
· JAXA Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, a medical doctor from Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
· JAXA Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, an engineer from Tokyo
· JAXA Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, an engineer born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan

The three pilots who report for astronaut candidate duty in August are:

-- Pilot Randolph J. Bresnik from Fort Knox, Ky.
-- Pilot James P. Dutton, a resident of Edwards, Calif.
-- Mission Specialist Robert S. Kimbrough, a League City, Texas, resident

Full biographies of the astronaut candidates are available on the Internet at:

More information on the Japanese astronauts is available from JAXA at:

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For more information about NASA TV visit:


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