Press Release

NASA Names New Astronaut Class on Space Day

By SpaceRef Editor
April 29, 2004
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The next generation of explorers is here. NASA will
announce a new class of astronaut candidates, including three
educator astronauts, May 6.

The announcement is part of the Space Day celebration at the
National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in
Chantilly, Va. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. EDT and will
be broadcast live on NASA Television.

Speakers include NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe, Director of
the National Air and Space Museum Gen. John Dailey, former
Senator John Glenn, current and former astronauts.

The Space Day theme is “Blazing Galactic Trails,” and that is
just what this astronaut class will do. It is made up of
pilots, engineers, researchers, and educators who will focus
their careers on fulfilling the Vision for Space Exploration.
During their NASA careers, members of the 2004 astronaut
class may help develop the Crew Exploration Vehicle, study
the effects of microgravity on the human body, and possibly
help plan the first lunar missions. The class begins training
this summer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Media interested in attending Space Day should contact
Kathleen Hanser (202/633-2375) or Peter Golkin (202/633-2374)
of the National Air and Space Museum. Media can also RSVP to
the event via email at:

NASA TV will also feed video of the astronaut class beginning
at noon EDT May 6. The Video File will include sound bites
and b-roll of the class members. Biographies and still photos
of the astronaut candidates will be available at:

NASA TV is available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band,
located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0
MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80
MHz. For information about NASA TV on the Internet, visit:

For information about astronauts, how they are selected, and
how they train, visit:

Information about the Educator Astronaut Program is available
on the Internet at:

Space Day 2004 is the culmination of a yearlong education
initiative for middle school students. For information about
Space Day 2004 on the Internet, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.