NASA's new astronaut candidates, most of them recently back from the dunks and dips of water survival and basic flight training in Florida, now will head for the wilds of Maine for land survival training. They will be available to media at Naval Air Station (NAS) Brunswick, Maine, upon completion of their outdoor venture at 1:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 26.
The new astronaut class is based in Houston, but so far has had little time to call it home. New video of recent orientation tours for the class at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, will air on the NASA Television's video file beginning at noon EDT today. The briefings included visits to a simulated Mars terrain, Mission Control, the Virtual Reality Laboratory, and Space Shuttle and Space Station trainers.
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. The class will arrive at NAS Brunswick Aug. 23 and begin the rigorous survival training at Rangeley Lakes.
The Aug. 26 availability will include opportunities for one- on-one interviews. Media interested in attending should call NAS Brunswick at 207/921-2000 by noon EDT Aug. 25. Media will be picked up at the Dyers Gate location.
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 named to pursue the Vision for Space Exploration to return to the Moon and journey beyond, include:
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