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Jacques van Oene
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From: Houten, The Netherlands
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posted 05-27-2003 02:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Al Feinberg
Headquarters, Washington May 27, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-4504)

Doug Peterson
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

RELEASE: 03-183

NASA OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR NEW ASTRONAUT CLASS

NASA is accepting applications for mission specialist
and pilot astronaut candidates to join the 2004 Astronaut
Candidate Class.

To obtain an application package, call the Astronaut
Selection Office in Houston at: 281/483-5907; or write to
the Johnson Space Center, Astronaut Selection Office, Mail
Code AHX, Houston, Texas 77058-3696. Application forms and
additional information about the Astronaut Candidate Program
are available electronically through the Astronaut Selection
Office Web site at:
http://www.nasajobs.nasa.gov/astronauts/

Typically, successful applicants for the mission specialist
astronaut positions have significant qualifications in
engineering or science, while pilot candidates must have
extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft.

Following an intensive six-month period of evaluation and
interviews, the final selections will be announced in early
2004. Astronaut candidates will report to the Johnson Space
Center during the summer of 2004 to begin the basic training
program to prepare them for future spaceflight assignments.

The application deadline is July 1, 2003. Applications
received after July 1 will not be considered for the 2004
class but will remain on file for subsequent selection
cycles.

The Astronaut Candidate Class of 2004 also will include
educator astronauts, teachers who will join NASA's astronaut
corps and encourage students to pursue studies in math and
science. The Educator Astronaut Program (EAP) was announced
in January, and applications closed April 30. More than
1,100 EAP applications have been processed. Information
about the Educator Astronaut Program is available on the
Internet at:
http://edspace.nasa.gov

For more information about NASA and the Human Space Flight
Program on the Internet, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov


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Jacques :-)

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KenDavis
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From: W.Sussex United Kingdom
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posted 05-27-2003 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KenDavis   Click Here to Email KenDavis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With all of group 17 and 18 and a good number of 16 still to fly any thoughts on when the first astronaut from the 2004 group might fly?

Throw in possible smaller crews and reduced flight rate when the shuttle does fly again is there need for another selection?

I am sure a smaller astronaut corps with the personnel flying more often would be a far more cost effective solution

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posted 05-27-2003 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina   Click Here to Email Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Has anyone from 16, 17 or 18 quit prior to making a flight? The frustration must be enormous.

Robonaut
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posted 05-28-2003 02:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robonaut   Click Here to Email Robonaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken

Just a guess on timescale but we could be looking at 10 years plus. With regard to the numbers af astronauts, there are a lot of ground support jobs for which NASA have decided trained astronauts are most suitable, hence the need to keep up the numbers.

Rodina

Since the first shuttle selection in 1978 no one has quit before making a first spaceflight. The last time that this did happen was with the 'Excess 11' scientist astronauts selected in 1967 (NASA Group 6).

Best wishes

Rob Wood

lunarrv15
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posted 06-02-2003 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
some of the pilots from the 16 group have flown. the two twin kelly brothers.

Patrick Forrester, Umberto Guidoni, Sandra Magnus, Michael massimino, Frank Mastracchio, William McCool,Laurel Clark, Juliw Payette, Mamoru Mohri, John Phillips, Mark Polansky, Piers Sellers, Daniel Tani, and Peggy Whitson

lunarrv15
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posted 06-02-2003 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
when is the approiate timing to ask JSC for inidividuals civilians photos of the selectiee?

eurospace
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posted 06-02-2003 03:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by lunarrv15:
when is the approiate timing to ask JSC for inidividuals civilians photos of the selectiee?

More or less after they completed their initial training they get their photos. Between twelve and eighteen months after they reported to Houston, that is.


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