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Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston,Texas77058 AC713 483-5111

Milton Reim RELEASE NO'

78-15

For Release Immediate

March 16, 1978

NASA NAMES ASTRONAUT CREWS FOR EARLY SHUTTLE FLIGHTS

Four two-man crews have been selected to begin training for early

orbital

flights

of

the

Space

Shuttle.

They

are:

John W. Young, 47, commander; Robert L. Crippen, 40, pilot:

Joe H. Engle, 45, commander; Richard H. Truly, 40, pilot

Fred W. Haise, 45, commander; Jack R. Lousma, 42, pilot

Vance D. Brand, 46, commander; Charles G. Fullerton, 41, pilot

Young and Crippen will be the prime flight crew for the first

orbital flight test lOFT-l) scheduled for launch from NASA's Kennedy

Space Center in the spring of 1979.

Engle and Truly will be their backup crew.

Flight assignments for the others named today will be made at a

later date.

NASA plans a series of six orbital flight tests, each of

increasing complexity, to check out the nation's first reusable

spacecraft.

On

the

first

four

flights,

the 75-ton orbiter will

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