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James Hartsfield/Tiffany Travis
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(281) 483-5111
New Astronaut Randy Bresnik Available for Interviews
After 18 months of intense astronaut candidate training, Santa Monica, Calif., native and Marine Corps fighter pilot Lt. Col. Randy Bresnik has graduated and is a NASA astronaut.

Bresnik is available for interviews by satellite from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. CST March 2. He and 11 classmates received official NASA Astronaut pins in a private ceremony Feb. 10. Media interested in interviewing Bresnik should contact Tiffany Travis at (281) 244-1247 by 4 p.m. CST March 1.

Bresnik was serving in Kuwait supporting Operation Iraqui Freedom with Marine Corps Fighter Attack Squadron 232 (VMFA-232) when selected by NASA in May 2004. His astronaut candidate training included orientation briefings and tours, scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in shuttle and international space station systems, T-38 flight training and water and wilderness survival training.

Bresnik is assigned to the International Space Station branch of the Astronaut Office. He is one of two pilot astronauts selected in 2004 and will participate in development of NASA's next human spacecraft, the Crew Exploration Vehicle. Bresnik is a graduate of the Citadel and received a master's from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. For biographical information on NASA astronauts on the Web, visit:

The interviews will be carried live on the NASA Television analog satellite. The coordinates are: satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 5C, 3800 MHz, vertical polarization, with audio at 6.8 MHz.

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