Ed Campion Headquarters, Washington, D.C. 10, 1994 (Phone: 202/358-1778) 3 p.m.

EST Kyle Herring Johnson Space Center, Houston (Phone: 713/483-5111) RELEASE: 94-4


ASTRONAUTS SELECTED FOR ATLANTIS' STS-66 MISSION Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Donald R. McMonagle has been selected to command Space Shuttle Mission STS-66 aboard Atlantis in the Fall of 1994. The mission, called ATLAS-03, will continue the series of Spacelab flights to study the energy of the sun and how it affects the Earth's climate and environment. The remaining crew members for the third Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science mission include USAF Major Curtis L. Brown, Jr., Pilot; mission specialist Scott E. Parazynski, M.D.; mission specialist Joseph R. Tanner and mission specialist Jean-Francois Clervoy, European Space Agency astronaut. Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D., earlier was named Payload Commander for the flight. In addition to the ATLAS-03 investigations, the mission will include deployment and retrieval of the Cryogenic Infrared Spectrometer Telescope for Atmosphere, or CRISTA. Mounted on the Shuttle Pallet Satellite, the payload is designed to explore the variability of the atmosphere and provide measurements that will complement those obtained by the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite launched aboard Discovery in 1991. CRISTA-SPAS is a joint U.S./German experiment. McMonagle, 41, flew as a mission specialist aboard Discovery's STS-39 mission in April/May 1991. He also was pilot on the crew of STS-54 in January 1993. Born in Flint, Mich., McMonagle received a bachelor of science degree in astronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1974 and a master

of science degree in mechanical engineering from California State University-Fresno in 1985. - more -2Brown, 37, served as the Pilot aboard Endeavour on Mission STS-47, Spacelab-J, in September 1992. Brown was born in Elizabethtown, N.C., and received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the Air Force Academy in 1971. Parazynski, 32, was born in Little Rock, Ark., but considers Palo Alto, Calif., and Evergreen, Colo., to be his hometowns. Parazynski received his doctorate in medicine from Stanford Medical School in 1989. Parazynski was selected for the astronaut corps in March 1992. STS-66 will be his first Space Shuttle mission. Tanner, 43, was born in Danville, Ill., and received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1973. He has been with NASA since 1984, serving as an aerospace engineer and research pilot. Tanner instructed astronaut pilots in Shuttle landing techniques aboard the Shuttle Training Aircraft and served as aviation safety officer. Prior to being selected to the astronaut corps as a member of the class of 1992, Tanner was the Deputy Chief of the Aircraft Operations Division at the Johnson Space Center, Houston. He will be making his first Space Shuttle flight. Clervoy, 35, was born in Longeville-le-Metz, France, but considers Toulouse, to be his hometown. He received his bachelors degree from the College Militaire de Saint Cyr l' Ecole in 1976 and graduated in 1987 from the Ecole du Personnel Navigant d' Essais et de Reception, Istres, as a flight test engineer. In August 1992, Clervoy reported to the Johnson Space Center as part of the astronaut class of 1992. STS-66 will be his first Space Shuttle mission. - end -