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return from space to an unpowered landing on a dry lakebed at

Edwards

Air

Force

Base,

California.

Thereafter,

the

spacecraft

will

return to a specially constructed runway at its Cape Canaveral launch

site.

The space agency is currently considering a mission to boost

Skylab

into

a

higher

orbit

during

one

of

the

OFT

flights.

If

the

decision is made to implement that plan, prime and backup flight

crews will be selected from those named today.

Young is Chief of the Astronaut Office and a veteran of four

space

flights.

He

was

pilot

of

the

first

manned

Gemini

flight,

Gemini 3, in 1965; command pilot of Gemini 10 in 1966; command module

pilot of Apollo 10 in 1969; and commander of Apollo 16, a lunar

landing

mission

in

1972.

He

has

been

a

member

of

four

backup

crews.

Young, a retired Navy captain, has been an astronaut since 1962.

Crippen

will

be

making

his

first

space

flight.

A

Navy

commander,

he has been a NASA astronaut since 1969 when he was transferred from

the

cancelled

USAF

Manned

Orbiting

Laboratory

program.

Crippen

was

a crew member on the Skylab Medical Experiments Altitude Tests (SMEAT),

a

56-day

simulation

of

a

Skylab

mission.

Me

was

a

member

of

astronaut

support crews for Skylab and Apollo Soyuz Test Project missions.

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