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Del Harding Ames Research Center, Mountain View, Calif. (Phone: 415/604-9000) Jeffrey Carr Johnson Space Center, Houston (Phone: 713-483/5111) RELEASE: 90-77 VETERAN ASTRONAUT HAWLEY TO ACCEPT EXECUTIVE POSITION AT AMES Dr. Dale Compton, Director of NASA's Ames Research Center, Mountain View, Calif., today named Astronaut Steven A. Hawley as the Center's Associate Director (acting). Hawley will assume his duties on July 29 as the center's third-ranking executive. "We are extremely pleased," Compton said, "to have someone with Dr. Hawley's administrative and scientific skills joining us at Ames." Hawley, 38, has served as Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office since 1987 and most recently as mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-31 in April of this year. During that flight, he successfully delivered the Hubble Space Telescope to orbit using Discovery's robot arm and extended his total time in space to over 412 hours. The three-time Shuttle flight veteran was selected as an astronaut in 1978. Hawley worked as a simulator pilot in the Shuttle software laboratory and on astronaut support crews for Shuttle missions STS-2, STS-3 and STS-4 before making his first

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- more -2He first flew as a mission specialist on the maiden voyage of Discovery, STS-41D, in August 1984. Discovery's crew deployed three communcations satellites and activated the OAST-1 solar cell wing experiment. He made his second trip to orbit aboard Columbia on STS-61C in January 1986, during which Hawley participated in the deployment of the SATCOM KU satellite and conducted experiments in astrophysics and materials processing. Hawley's hometown is Salina, Kansas. An honors graduate of the University of Kansas, he will be returning to the San Francisco bay area, where he earned his Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1977. In 1988, Hawley was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He is a member of the American Astronomical Society, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Sigma Pi Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa. Hawley is married to the former Eileen M. Keegan of Redondo Beach, Calif. His parents, Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Hawley, live in Rancho Mirage, Calif. - end -

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