Mark Hess/Ed Campion Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1778) Kyle Herring Johnson Space Center, Houston

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December 12, 1994

SPACE SHUTTLE CREW NAMED FOR STS-72 MISSION A crew of six astronauts under the command of U.S. Air Force Colonel Brian Duffy will launch next fall on Space Shuttle mission STS-72 to retrieve a satellite, deploy and retrieve another, and conduct two spacewalks. Joining Duffy on the nine-day flight are Navy Lieutenant Commander Brent W. Jett, Jr., pilot, and mission specialists Leroy Chiao, Daniel T. Barry, Navy Commander Winston E. Scott and Japanese National Space Development Agency (NASDA) mission specialist, Koichi Wakata. STS-72 mission objectives include retrieval of an octagonally shaped science satellite carrying 14 experiments that is scheduled to be launched aboard a Japanese H-2 rocket in early 1995. The Space Flyer Unit (SFU) was developed jointly by NASDA, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science and the Ministry of Trade and Industry. In addition to the SFU retrieval, the crew will use the Shuttle's robot arm to deploy and retrieve another science satellite, the Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for Astronomy (SPARTAN). This multi-use spacecraft flies free of the Shuttle for several days, gathering astronomical data prior to its retrieval. Also during the flight, Chiao and Barry will conduct two spacewalks designed to evaluate and better understand assembly requirements and techniques for the International Space Station.

- more -2Duffy, 41, will be making his third flight on the Shuttle. He was pilot on STS-45 in March 1992 and STS-57 in June 1993. He was born in Boston, MA, and is a 1975 graduate of the Air Force Academy with a mathematics degree. Duffy earned a master of science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California in 1981. Jett, 35, was born in Pontiac, MI, but considers Ft. Lauderdale, FL, his hometown. He received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the Naval Academy in 1981 and a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1989. Jett, a member of the astronaut class of 1992, will be making his first Shuttle flight. Chiao, 34, will be making his second space flight having served as a mission specialist on July's STS-65 mission of Columbia. He was born in Milwaukee, WI, but considers Danville, CA, his hometown. Chiao received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1983 and master of science and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1985 and 1987, respectively. Barry, 40, was born in Norwalk, CT, but considers South Hadley, MA, his hometown. He received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1975; a master of engineering degree and a master of arts degree in electrical engineering/computer science from Princeton University in 1977; a doctorate in electrical engineering/computer science from Princeton in 1980; and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Miami in 1982. STS-72 will be the first Shuttle flight for Barry, a member of the astronaut class of 1992. Scott, 44, was born in Miami, FL, and earned a bachelor of arts degree in music from Florida State University in 1972. He received a master of science degree

in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1980. Scott will be making his first Shuttle flight and is a member of the astronaut class of 1992. Wakata, 31, was born in Omiya, Saitama, Japan. He earned a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering in 1987 and a master of science degree in applied mechanics in 1989, both from Kyushu University. A member of the astronaut class of 1992, Wakata will be making his first Shuttle flight. - end NASA press releases and other information are available automatically by sending an Internet electronic mail message to domo@hq.nasa.gov. In the body of the message (not the subject line) users should type the words "subscribe press-release" (no quotes). The system will reply with a confirmation via E-mail of each subscription. A second automatic message will include additional information on the service. Questions should be directed to (202) 358-4043.