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NationalAeronauticsand SpaceAdministration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston.Texas77058 A0713 483-5111

Robert

Gordon

For Flelease:

RELEASE NO:

78-12

February

23,

1978

SLAYTON APPOINTMENT

Astronaut Donald K. Slayton

has been appointed manager f

Orbital Flight Test program for Spa

ce Shuttle at the NASA Johnson

Space Center.

the

Slayton, one of the origina

l seven Mercury astronauts and a

member of the U.S. crew of the Apol

lo Soyuz Test Project in the slimmer

of 1975 will be responsible for all

mission-unique

activitis

associated

with the six orbital flight tests o

f

the

Space

Shuttle.

He

reports

directly to Robert F. Thompson, Spa

ce Shuttle Program Manager at JSC.

In his new position Slayton

will represent the Program Manager

across the total program to insure

timely and appropriate resolution

of all OFT mission unique issues.

OFT flights are scheduled to begin

in the spring of 1979.

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