Ten of the 11 new United States astronauts reported to duty at the Manned Space-flight Center in Houston, Texas Monday (Sept. 18).
Ten of the 11 new United States astronauts reported to duty at the Manned Space-flight Center in Houston, Texas Monday (Sept. 18). The 11th man will complete his medical internship before reporting for duty in about a year.
The 10 scientist/astronauts will have two weeks of general orientation activities at the Manned Space-flight Center and will begin a program of academic, or "ground school," training on October 2. They will begin Air Force flight training in March to become qualified jet pilots.
The ground school at the Manned Space-flight Center will include orbital mechanics, astronomy, spacecraft orientation, and general math and physics refresher courses, as well as field trips for contractor facility orientation.
Two of the new astronauts are naturalized citizens of the United States. Dr. John L. Llewellyn is from Cardiff, Wales, Britain; Dr. Philip Chapman is from Sydney, Australia.
The group is the sixth class of astronauts to be selected and the second chosen specifically for scientific education rather than for pilot backgrounds. The first scientific group numbered six and was selected June 28, 1965.
They were selected from a 65-man group screened by the National Academy of Sciences for NASA from nearly 500 applicants. Each member of the group has earned a doctorate and each is married.
The new astronauts are:
Dr. Joseph P. Allen, 30, a physicist research associate at the University of Washington in Seattle;
Dr. Philip K. Chapman, 32, presently a staff physicist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Dr. Anthony W. England, 25, a graduate fellow in geo-physics at M.I.T.;
Dr. Karl G. Hanize, 40, professor of astronomy at Northwestern University;
Dr. Donald L. Holmquest, 28, completing internship requirements for his doctorate in physiology at the Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. William B. Lenoir, 28, assistant professor of electrical engineering, at M.I.T.;
Dr. John Llewellyn, 34, presently an associate professor in chemistry at Florida State University;
Dr. Franklin S. Musgrave, 31, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Kentucky with a doctorate in medicine from Columbia University and a PhD. in physiology from the University of Kentucky plus four other college degrees;
Dr. Brian T. O'Leary, 27, a PhD. in astronomy presently in the NASA trainee program at Space Sciences Laboratory, Department of Astronomy, University of California;
Dr. Robert A. Parker, 30, assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Wisconsin;
Dr. William E. Thornton, 38, who recently completed a two-year tour of duty with the Aerospace Medical Division of Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.