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James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(281) 483-5111

Tiffany Travis
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(281) 483-5111
RELEASE : J06-025
New Astronaut Jim Dutton Available for Interviews
After 18 months of intense training, Oregon native and Air Force pilot Lt. Col. James P. Dutton Jr. has graduated and is a NASA astronaut.

Dutton, a fighter pilot during operations Provide Comfort and Northern Watch over northern Iraq, is available for interviews by satellite from 8:20 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. CST Friday, March 17. He and 10 classmates received official NASA astronaut pins in a private ceremony Feb. 10. Media interested in interviewing Dutton should contact Tiffany Travis at (281) 244-1247 by 4 p.m. CST March 15.

Dutton was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., assigned to the F/A-22 Combined Test Force when selected by NASA in May 2004. His astronaut candidate class reported to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston to begin training. The training included scientific and technical briefings, physiological training, water and land survival courses, T-38 flight instruction and space shuttle and International Space Station systems training.

Dutton is assigned to the Exploration 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. Dutton is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He received a master’s from the University of Washington. 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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