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September 20, 1995

ASTRONAUTS PRECOURT, LAWRENCE HEAD TO RUSSIA Astronaut Charles J. Precourt (Lt. Col., USAF), will replace Michael A. Baker (Captain, USN), as the NASA manager of operational activities at Star City, Russia, near Moscow. In addition, Wendy B. Lawrence (Commander, USN), will train in Star City as the backup to John E. Blaha, (Colonel, USAF, ret.) who will fly aboard the Russian space station Mir on a future mission. As Director of Operations, Russia, Precourt will support training and preparations of NASA astronauts at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC), Star City. He also will be the primary link between NASA and the GCTC management, coordinating all training and other operations involving NASA or contractor personnel in Star City. Precourt, the fifth astronaut to serve in this rotational assignment will continue to establish operational and personal relationships with Star City management and the cosmonauts. These relationships are pivotal to successful, long-term joint operations involving NASA, the Russian Space Agency and GCTC. He also will participate in personal training designed to acquaint astronauts with the operational aspects of Russian vehicles and training facilities. Precourt and Lawrence will leave for Russia in early

October and join fellow astronauts Shannon W. Lucid, Ph.D., Jerry M. Linenger (Commander, USN) and Dr. Scott E. Parazynski, who also are training in Star City for future stays aboard Mir. Precourt, 40, has flown aboard two Shuttle missions -STS-55 on Columbia in April/May 1993 and STS-71 on Atlantis in June 1995. The most recent flight was the first Shuttle mission to dock with Mir. He received a master of science degree in engineering management from Golden Gate University in 1988 and a master of arts degree in national security affairs and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 1990. -more-2Lawrence, 36, flew on STS-67 aboard Endeavour in March 1995. She received a master of science degree in ocean engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in 1988. - 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 pressrelease" (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.