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NASA’s New Astronauts are back from the Wilderness – Video Available

By SpaceRef Editor
August 31, 2004
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NASA’s New Astronauts are back from the Wilderness – Video Available
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NASA new astronaut candidates are back after a week of
roughing it in the wilds of Maine, and video highlights of
their trip will air on NASA Television beginning at 2 p.m.
EDT today.

The new astronaut class, the first astronauts to be selected
as NASA embarks on a vision of exploration to return to the
Moon and travel beyond, completed survival training at
Brunswick Naval Air Station, Maine. With U.S. Navy
instructors, the astronaut candidates spent four days
learning wilderness survival skills.

Video of their adventures will air on the NASA TV Video File.
For still images of their outdoors activities on the
Internet, visit:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/behindthescenes/training/ascan2004/ndxpage1.html

Based at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, the new
astronauts will continue their training and will visit all of
NASA’s centers to learn about their operations. The class
includes three educator astronauts who were selected from
thousands of teachers across the country. It also includes
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.

NASA Television 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 Television 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.

NASA’s new explorers, the first astronaut candidate class
focused from the beginning on the Vision for Space
Exploration to return to the Moon and journey beyond,
include:

  • Pilot Randolph J. Bresnik from Fort Knox, Ky.
  • Pilot James P. Dutton, a resident of Edwards, Calif.
  • Mission Specialist Robert S. Kimbrough, a League City, Texas, resident
  • Educator Mission Specialist Joe Acaba from Dunnellon, Fla. – Educator Mission Specialist Ricky Arnold, who resided in Bucharest, Romania
  • Mission Specialist Chris Cassidy, who lived in Norfolk, Va.
  • Mission Specialist Jose Hernandez, of Houston
  • Mission Specialist Tom Marshburn, a League City, Texas, resident
  • Educator Mission Specialist Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, of Vancouver, Wash.
  • Mission Specialist Bobby Satcher, a resident of Oak Park, Ill.
  • Mission Specialist Shannon Walker, of Houston
  • 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

For full biographies of the astronaut candidates on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/vision/space/preparingtravel/ascan2004.html

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

http://iss.sfo.jaxa.jp/astro/profile_e.html

For more on NASA on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

SpaceRef staff editor.