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

Victor Scott
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(281) 483-5111

RELEASE : J06-047
New Astronaut Robert Satcher Available for Interviews
After 18 months of intense training, physician, engineer and medical researcher Robert Satcher, born and raised in Virginia and South Carolina, has graduated and is a NASA astronaut.

Satcher is available for satellite interviews from 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. CDT Tuesday, April 25. Media interested in interviewing him should contact Victor Scott at (281) 483-2636 or by e-mail at

Satcher and 10 classmates received official NASA astronaut pins in a private ceremony in February. Born in Hampton, Va., Satcher graduated from high school in Denmark, S.C. He received a bachelor's and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Satcher then received a doctorate in medicine from Harvard Medical School, followed by a medical residency and internship in San Francisco. When selected by NASA in 2004, Satcher was an assistant professor at Northwestern University and an attending physician at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Satcher's training has included water and land survival, T-38 flight training and space shuttle and International Space Station systems. 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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