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Melissa Mathews
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1272)

Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

Oct. 8, 2004
NASA's New Astronauts Meet The Press
Fresh from flight training and their first head-over-heels sample of weightlessness, NASA's astronaut candidates are available to meet with the news media Thursday in Houston at 3 p.m. EDT.

To attend the event at Houston's Ellington Field or to arrange telephone interviews, contact NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) newsroom at: 281/483-5111 by 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday. Video and still imagery of the new astronauts' flight training, including their first experience aboard NASA's "Weightless Wonder" aircraft, is also available.

NASA TV will air astronaut training video files beginning at noon EDT Thursday. NASA TV is available in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, located at 137 degrees west longitude. Frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

The class includes three educator astronauts, three military pilots, a Navy SEAL, an astrophysicist, two physicians, and an engineer. Also training with the 11-member astronaut candidate class are three Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronauts. The new astronauts are:

– – Pilot Randy Bresnik, from Fort Knox, Ky.
– – Pilot Jim Dutton, from Eugene, Ore.
– – Mission Specialist Shane Kimbrough, from Atlanta
– – Educator Mission Specialist Joe Acaba, from Dunnellon, Fla.
– – Educator Mission Specialist Ricky Arnold, from Bowie, Md.
– – Mission Specialist Chris Cassidy, from York, Maine
– – Mission Specialist Jose Hernandez, who grew up in Stockton, Calif.
– – Mission Specialist Tom Marshburn, from Atlanta.
– – Educator Mission Specialist Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, from Vancouver, Wash.
– – Mission Specialist Bobby Satcher, who grew up in Hampton, Va.
– – Mission Specialist Shannon Walker, a Houston native.
– – 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

Full biographies of the U.S. astronaut candidates are available on the Web at:

For information about the Japanese astronauts on the Internet, visit:

For still images of the flight training in Houston (available Thursday) on the Internet, visit:

For information about NASA and agency programs on the Internet, visit:


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